Jacob’s been raising money to attend the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree for about a year now. It only comes around every 4 years and is held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. This year they will be celebrating 100 years of Scouting! His troop will also be touring Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York while they are out there. It really is an amazing opportunity.
He needs $4000 to attend. That’s a lot of money. When he decided to go, we had a long talk and explained that we couldn’t afford to send him. He would have to raise the money himself. This was non-negotiable. We would support him however we could, but we couldn’t pay for it.
As a family we are committed to Scouting. Jake is an Eagle Scout. I have seen the difference that Scouting can make in a young man’s life. Jacob recently advanced to Life Scout. This year he’ll make Eagle Scout. It’s exciting to see his hard work and dedication.
It will be hugely beneficial for Jacob to raise the money himself. It’s teaching him lessons he might not learn elsewhere.
He’s learned the value of a dollar. The value of four thousand dollars. The advantages of having a younger brother to push the lawn mower while you work the weed eater. The need to be nice to said brother. The perk of having a father who will work side by side with you. Showing you the ropes and the synergy of adding his muscle to yours.
There isn’t much need for lawn mowing or snow shoveling these days and Jacob has been feeling the need to get fundraising again. His balance being stagnant for too long. We brainstormed ideas and decided to try a bake sale. Jake took leave on Friday and we spent the day baking.
We made 6 dozen snickerdoodles, 98 cake pops, 36 Rice Krispie treats, 80 chocolate covered Oreos, and 72 cupcakes. We had friends donate sugar cookies, M&M cookies, peanut butter cookies, pineapple upside down cake, oatmeal/chocolate bars, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and warm homemade sticky buns.
Oh. My. Goodness.
We set up a table in the foyer at Safeway on Saturday. Jacob and Josh tied balloon animals and handed them out to anyone who would take them. It was a great way to break the ice and get people talking. There was a steady stream of customers at the table. Jacob stood at the table from 10am until 5pm. He sold almost everything. In the process I think he got a few more lawn mowing jobs for this summer! We are in awe at the generosity of the community here. It was truly remarkable to watch.
He’s getting close to his goal. A few more fundraisers this spring and hopefully he’ll be good to go.