Philanthropy and Volunteerism


Below is an email that my wife wrote out for me to send to the Parents within the Pack that I am the Cubmaster for.   Since I have the list of emails for the entire Pack, I steadfastly held out on pelting them with requests of donating to what I am doing.   I did not want to abuse that privilege.  I wanted it only to be Pack related information.   My wife and I spoke long and hard about that and what I am doing.    She is the PTA President of our School and spent a summer raising support via Social Media to get a $25,000 Grant to re-surface the playground.  So, I took her advice.  Below is what she wrote.  PS: I have $30 to go as of this writing.

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Hello Scouting Families of Pack 221!

I’m writing this note on behalf of my husband, Adam Cox – that’s Cubmaster Adam to you. 🙂   As you know, Adam has a real heart for scouting.  Over the last several years, he’s become increasingly involved with not only Pack 221, but with advanced training programs, like Wood Badge, and is serving on the District Council as Training Chair.  Adam LOVES scouting.  He LOVES bringing the values and fun of scouting to our boys.

I’m writing you to ask for your support for a guy who gives so much for our scouts.  I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Cubmaster Adam Cox is going off the edge.  Or at least he is hoping to.  Adam has committed to a pledge campaign titled “Over The Edge” in which pledges commit to raising $2,500 for the Cascade-Pacific Council of the BSA.  In return, they get the “honor and privilege” (??) of rappelling over the edge of the US BanCorp tower in downtown Portland on June 29th.

Now I’m not necessarily writing to ask you to give money.  What I see here is an opportunity to open a discussion about philanthropy and volunteerism.  To talk to your family about how the actions of one can impact the lives of many.  We had a discussion like this right here in our kitchen this morning.  We talked about why Adam and I make the decisions we do to volunteer our time and donate our money to causes like scouting, Stephenson Elementary, and more.  I used the example of how Adam goes to these Pack 221 planning meetings every month to make sure that all the scouts and their families in Pack 221 have an excellent adventure in scouting – they plan the themes of the meetings, the go-see-its, the special events and speakers, all in those few hours.  I asked them, “what could he be doing with that time if he wasn’t at the meeting?”.  He could be playing video games on his computer or eating dinner with the family, but instead he uses that time to make a difference for many, and not just himself or our family.  At the end of our talk, we asked the kids if they would be willing to give some of their money (allowances, tooth fairy bucks, birthday gifts) to the BSA fundraising campaign.  We explained that the funds donated would help kids who can’t afford scouting to take part in summer camps or help fund packs in areas that need help.  That the money also helps keep up scout camps so they are fun and safe for kids to enjoy.  Our kids each decided to give $2 each to Dad’s campaign.

I don’t know about you, but Adam and I both feel our kids have SO much, so many blessings, that they can’t easily understand that there are kids out there who don’t.  It’s difficult to find examples that bring philanthropy to their level.  This is a great opportunity to open a dialog.

I’m not asking you to give to Adam’s campaign, but if, in the end, your scouts decide that they want to, here’s a link.  If they want to drop by a donation, we will be around tomorrow as well.  If we aren’t here, they can put it in an envelope under the door mat.

    http://cpcbsa.kintera.org/overtheedge/adamcox

Adam needs to meet his goal of at least $2,500 in pledges by tomorrow, June 15th.  WHEN he meets his pledge goal, he will join others who will rappel over and down the US BanCorp tower downtown Portland on Friday, June 29th – and YOU can come watch him!~

Thanks for your time and see you there!

Debora Cox

The Cascade Pacific Council, BSA, serves more than 33,000 youth in 18 counties of Oregon and southwest Washington through the service and leadership of more than 11,000 volunteers. Scouting is completely funded by the generosity of our local community. Your support of Scouting provides programs, service, professional support, as well as year-round outdoor programs.

About Adam R. Cox

Current Skyloo District Commissioner Current Skyloo District & Council Trainer Current Council Member at Large (Cascade Pacific Council) Former Tiger DL & CM of P221 in Pioneer District Former Skyloo District CS Roundtable Commissioner. Former Ast Council Commissioner for Commissioner Tools and Communication Former Pioneer District Training Chair WE1-492-09 Beaver W1-492-11 Bobwhite TG ASM Logistic W1-492-17-2
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  1. Bill says:

    You should be over the top to go over the edge now! Good luck!

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