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Why I should endow Scouting right now?

Why I should endow Scouting right now?

I want to share a family situation that helps answer the question, "Why should I support Chief Seattle Council's Endowment fund right now?" My mom, dad and I became part of the Scouting family when I joined Cub Scouts. This began what is now a 50-year relationship with the organization that we all love so much.

Mom served as a Den Leader, my dad a Cubmaster, and then became Scoutmaster a few years after I joined Boy Scouts. He then continued as Scoutmaster for another 30 years after I earned Eagle Scout and moved away for college. Scouting endured throughout their lives and they loved every minute of it.

So when it came time to prepare wills and make determinations about their future financial gifts, I expected that the Boy Scouts would have a prominent role in their plans. A few years ago I received a phone call from the doctor explaining that my dad suffered a rare type of stroke that caused total loss of memory. As I arrived to see dad for the first time it certainly took me aback to realize that he had no recollection about his past. Mom passed away a couple of years earlier and because of the sudden onset of dad's dementia, their will was never updated from decades ago to include the organization they spent the majority of their life serving.

Like so many things in my own life, it's easy to say, "I'll do it tomorrow, when I have more time." Well, as my dad's story shows, occasionally the perfect plans we made for our lives don't always work out the way we intend. For the sake of the generations of Scouts to come behind us I ask you to take the time today to sign a new or updated will. Please visit seattlebsalegacy.org or contact Patrick Nance at pnance@seattlebsa.org / 206-902-2314.


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