Boy scouts, do something good, don’t just beg

IMG_1826The laziest form of charity is taking something from someone else and then giving it to the needy. There is a little effort in gathering, but most charities make better use of money than of dented cans and expired macaroni and cheese, or even undented and unexpired goods. So why to these St. Louis boy scouts just beg for my cans rather than actually doing something? If they want to give money, they should give their own money, or do something that earns money. They should do things all through the year, not just right before Christmas. I don’t need to list here all the kinds of things boy scouts can do. They know. There are tons of fantastic projects, from putting out nests for native pollinators to tutoring students to visiting nursing homes to building trails. Find something to do. Stop begging.

The point is boy scouts should do something themselves and not just mooch off me. I am fully capable of choosing my own charities and giving to them generously. Lazy, unimaginative scouts are not part of the equation.


About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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2 Responses to Boy scouts, do something good, don’t just beg

  1. Jessica says:

    Lazy? My 6 year old Cub Scout ran for two and half hours passing out those bags in the cold. Most fundraisers cost money to start unless they sell cookie dough or TJ’s pizza. Please enlighten the scouts as to how YOU think it should be done! Ha! I’m amused by your bashing of Boy Scouts! You have a life?

    • Make something or do something for people. Don’t beg. Don’t teach your children to beg either. It is that simple. Sorry you feel so angry. There are lots of other things to do that actively help people directly. Lots of scouts do them from clearing trails, building benches, making toys, helping in homeless shelters or clinics in ways where they do something other than gather cans from people. They could help at the food bank directly.

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