Scouting For Food (Dropoff Phase)

1.0 Overview

Each autumn the BSA sponsors a "National Good Turn" called Scouting for Food in which scouting units across the country collect food donations for local and regional charities. The project proceeds in two phases on two Saturday mornings around Halloween. In the "dropoff" phase, scouts place collection bags on the doors of houses around the community. The bags are printed with instructions asking the occupant to make a donation of canned or staple food and to leave the donation in the bag on their doorstep for pickup the following weekend. On the next Saturday morning, during the "pickup" phase, the scouts then come around and collect the donations. We take them to a central location for sorting and subsequent distribution to charities in the area. Each year, the scouts of the Daniel Webster Council collect some 25 tons of food donations during the Scouting for Food good turn.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

This outing is the "Dropoff Phase" of Scouting for Food. We will meet at the OHP on Saturday morning, where we will divide into provisional patrols. Each patrol will be assigned to a driver who will take the patrol to an assigned neighborhood. The scouts in the patrol will then work their way through the neighborhood placing a collection bag on the doorknob of each house.

2.2 Schedule of Events

20 Oct 01:
0800 -- Meet at OHP. Organize into patrols by car and neighborhood. 0830 -- Depart for assigned neighborhoods. Distribute bags. 1030 -- Return to OHP.

2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty

This outing involves canvassing a neighborhood using cars for transportation. Please note the following safety rules:

  • Drivers must be at least 25 years old.
  • All passengers must wear seat belts whenever the car is in motion, no matter how slowly or for how short a distance. No exceptions!
  • On busy streets, divide into groups to minimize street crossings.
  • Be friendly to anyone you meet, but do not enter houses.
  • Keep track of your buddy.

    2.4 Special Requirements

    None. This outing is open to all scouts, scouters, and parents.

    3.0 Administration and Logistics

    3.1 Announcement Date: 19 Sep 2001

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 20 Oct 2001

    3.3 Costs


    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Class A Uniform. Look sharp!

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment

  • SFF Bags

    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • First Aid Kit
  • Neighborhood assignment plan.

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Old Hospital Parking Lot (OHP)
    Drop-off Time: 0800 Saturday 20 Oct 01
    Pickup Point: Old Hospital Parking Lot
    Pickup Time: 1030 Same Day

    Each provisional patrol will be assigned to a car and driver for transportation to its assigned neighborhood. The driver will remain in the area to help the patrol get around, and then will return the patrol to the OHP.

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee


    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Gregg Hoge
  • Yorke Brown
  • we need volunteer drivers

    Not Approved

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