Fostering Generosity Through Scouting

(L.-r.) Shaun and Scoutmaster Andrew Paisley present a donation on behalf of Troop 177 to the leaders of Troop 778: Ternay Gay, Scout Hae Thaw and Eh Kaw Say.‚Äč

February 21, 2019

Preparing young people for today, and for life, is the longstanding mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

It’s also a sentiment that Staff Fuel Specialist Shaun Grayson takes to heart.

Shaun, who started his scouting journey as a cub scout growing up in Kentucky, earned his Eagle Scout rank at age 17. He later got involved as a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster to help youth, including his two sons, have meaningful scouting experiences. Shaun’s oldest son Will is an Eagle Scout, while his younger son Benjamin is a Star Scout in the troop Shaun currently leads as Scoutmaster: Troop 177 in Stow, Ohio.

“My involvement with boy scouts started at a young age and now spans more than 30 years,” said Shaun. “It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that helps kids become who they’re meant to be in life. The lessons and experiences scouting provides really help shape kids into the next generation of capable, confident leaders.”

And, in scouting, part of good leadership means leading with a spirit of giving and hospitality.

To help a fellow boy scout troop, Troop 778 in downtown Akron, stay solvent, Shaun and Troop 177 organized a pancake breakfast fundraiser last December. With assistance from a Holy Family parishioner who matched the funds the boys raised, Troop 177 was able to present Troop 778 with a $1,000 donation and a fully-stocked, handmade patrol box, a crucial item used to transport cooking essentials for camping excursions.

“We heard 778 was a newer troop that had grown tremendously in membership, but was struggling financially,” said Shaun. “Most of their members are immigrants to the Akron area or inner-city youth who have never had a chance to try scouting before. Our troop wanted to show our support and assist their program.”

The gesture was greatly appreciated.

Senior Patrol Leader and Life Scout Ternay Gay of Troop 778 was moved by the kind gesture to help his troop stay up and running. “We want to thank Troop 177 for their generosity,” he said upon receiving the gift. “We hope to follow your example of generosity in the future.”

Along with the donation, Troop 177 built this fully-stocked patrol box for Troop 778.