Atlanta Volunteers success story!

From: Alan K.
Sent on: Saturday, October 1, 2011 1:48 PM
Hi Group

Here is an exciting story about the impact of Atlanta volunteers!  You don’t often get a chance to know about the impact you can make on peoples lives, but here is something that happened recently when 3 volunteers from this group got involved with providing scouting activities to youth, specifically a young boy named Cameron who has Down Syndrome.

Like many other people with challenges Cameron has experienced low self esteem from being very different from his classmates.  Camerons 10th birthday would fall on a Saturday, during his first cubscout camping trip and his self esteem and general happiness got a second huge boost, here is the first.

Camerons first huge boost of confidence was the result of many weeks of work spent by volunteers to train him how to say the cubscout promise, law of the pack and pledge of allegiance.

This is no easy task for a young man who has great difficulty in simply speaking.  These volunteers prepared Cameron before his very first Den meeting by making sure that he could recite these three passages perfectly.  Insignificant for you or I, but a huge undertaking for Cameron with a 60-70 IQ and a slew of medical problems.

During the first Den meeting of 8 boys, they were all asked to recite the promise and law of the pack.  The boys all said they knew it.  When the first boy started speaking, he made some mistakes.  Cameron looked at him wide-eyed.  He then made more mistakes, skipped a line and sat down.  Cameron’s face became even brighter.  One by one, all of the boys failed to recite the promise or law of the pack acceptably, and then ffinally, it was Cameron’s turn.  He was the only one in uniform (purchased by one of the volunteers) and while giving the boy scout salute, Cameron recited both passages clearly, and except for one small word error, perfectly.  His face said it all.  Cameron did something he had never experienced.  He had finally intellectually competed with his peers and was clearly more accomplished than they were.  He was the best at something! This was a huge milestone and has greatly improved Camerons difficult task before him everyday as he tries to learn, as now he has hope and a better attitude.

I have posted pictures of Camerons second huge boost of confidence and all his firsts, in an album for this group.  

Cameron, had an absolutely amazing 10th birthday party achieving a great many exciting "firsts" for any boy of that age.  First time shooting a BB gun, archery, cooking breakfast, cooking hamburgs, making a birthday cake over a campfire, water rocket firing, sleeping in a tent and most important first for a 10 year old boy, drum roll, lighting a match and fire!  (at least the adults think it was the first).  He lit two fires in competition.  Both times he lit them on the first match and with his first match ever.  The first fire was to burn a string the second was to cook a pancake in timed events.  What a thrill it was for the boys to have adults encourage them to light matches and build and start fires and cook a pancake as quick as possible. 

This is the time of year that the boy scouts rewards you with popcorn for your donations to scouts.  If you feel inspired by the photos and story, could you follow this link to the boy scout popcorn website and place an order that will be credited to Cameron.  They will ship it to you.  On the right hand side in Green it should say “supporting Cameron K.”  his ID # for popcorn sales is 16867774.  Here is his link.

http://www.trails-end.com/estore/scouts/email_referral.jsp?id=16867774

He has not made any sales as of yet and I hope he gets a couple.  If you buy popcorn, please let me know so that I can keep you in mind the next time we have some reward activities.  You will be marked paid in full for membership dues for this group.

Please support this volunteer activity by emailing the above link or this email to anyone that you think could support the boy scouts.  Cameron will be credited with the sale.  This would be volunteering by telecommuting; I hope you are up for it.

Thank-you Atlanta Volunteers for all you do!


Cheers

Alan

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