Every Holiday Season seems to bring more requests for donations, and the PSA is no exception. I’m sure you have your favorite charities, and I hope the PSA is one of them. If you’ve given in the past, we all thank you! If not, or if you haven’t contributed yet this year, let me give you a little encouragement.
I want to tell you why the PSA has been on the top of my giving list since 1998. Like so many of you, I was serving as the District Chairman and brought the family out to PTC while I completed Key Three Training. Outside of a brief visit my wife and I made to the Ranch in 1984, this was the first time I had spent any time at Philmont since bringing a crew out on trek in 1978. In 1998, my family immediately fell in love with the place. That’s not hard to understand!
Well, with a little nudge from another Scouter back home, I joined the PSA, having missed out on my first opportunity to do so in 1973. It didn’t take long to reconnect and get active with the PSA on the Treks and Reunions. In fact, my wife enjoyed the reunions so well, that she urged me to become a Life Member. Before I knew it, not only was I getting reacquainted with old friends from My Ranger Days in the early ’70s, but making many new friends from other generations.
To shorten the story, my son Spencer began spending his summers on staff. He now enjoys the PSA Treks and Reunions. Then, there was committee work, followed by election as a regional director. Now that I’m completing my second term as a regional director, serving on PSA committees and passing on my experience at my Council here in Elgin, Illinois. The PSA experience can only enhance your Scouting programs, too, in your pack, troop, district or council!
Yes, there’s been a lot of giving, but also a lot of ‘taking’ by my family and I in new friendships, fun and knowing that we’re helping Philmont live up to our past ideas of what it was–or should be.
Like so many of us, money has been tighter for my family in recent years, but the 1973 Club has made donating to the PSA easy. Whatever works for your budget, please donate something this holiday season!
Training Ranger ’74