“Hi, I’m Sean Bezzant. My friend Preston told me about selling Scout cards. He was selling to earn money for a leadership training Scout camp. He also showed me the really cool backpack that he earned selling cards last year. I helped him for a few days, then decided to give it a shot on my own.
I got 36 cards from the Scout office. I went with my little brother to houses around our neighborhood. Surprisingly, I sold all of my cards in just a few days.
I got credits to buy a bunch of camping equipment to use at my Scout camps. I found out there was still time to keep selling cards, so I thought I would just go out whenever I had some free time and see if I could earn more money to go toward my $100 Scout camp fee, and get a cold weather sleeping bag.
It was hard some days. It snowed, rained, and I was tired a lot of the time. But, I decided to work hard and do my best to sell all that I could. My brother helped me. He is a Cub Scout. We wore our Scout shirts and took a bag with treats and water. We wore warm clothes and good shoes. My mom took us to different neighborhoods that we were familiar with. Some neighborhoods I didn’t feel good about, so I didn’t stay. I always told my mom where we were going and had a phone with me.
Sure enough, we were able to sell most of the cards I took. In total I sold over 60 cards. I was amazed at all I was able to earn. I was able to spend over $600 at the Scout store. It paid for my camp, and all of my gear including: mess kit, sleeping bag, back pack, a knife, camp chair, head lamp, hammock, tree straps, knife sharpener, survival kit, and a few cool things for my brother.
A lot of people are very supportive of the Scout program, and loved the discounts on the cards. They are things people save money on every day.
When I told my Scoutmaster that we should do it as a troop next year, he said he wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. I asked if $600 was worth it for the troop. He was shocked and is definitely going to do it as a troop next year!
Thank you for this great opportunity! I learned a lot and feel great about paying for this summer’s campouts on my own. “
– Sean Bezzant, Troop 1192, Cedar Hills 7th Ward
Author: John Peterson | District Executive, Iron Horse District, Utah National Parks Council