Since Cat Scouts was originally established, SERVICE has been at the core of Cat Scout life. Sure, it’s swell to have a great time roasting s’mores around the campfire, but what will feed your soul is service, not s’mores.
The three scouts in the photo above — Scout Cosmo, Scout Fuzzard, and Scout Roary– delivered food to hungry families during the Great Depression. Even though they were a little hungry themselves, they were happy to put food on the tables of folks who had gone for days without even three morsels of Fancy Feast to eat.
That legacy of service continues today. The Cat Scouts Service Group sends out hundreds of greeting cards each year to human people who are developmentally disabled (most with Down Syndrome). These people are residents of two facilities in New York and Ohio. The residents who receive the cards rarely get mail, so the birthday cards are a BIG DEAL for them.
How to Pawticipate in the Service Projects
Just go to The Service Group and sign up. You’ll get a chance to see how the other scouts are sending cards (they often posts pictures of their cards), and get notified when each month’s addresses are updated.
Get Some Cards
You can make your cards at home with your photos on them, or you can buy them at the Piggly Wiggly. You can write a note or just sign your name. Most scouts write at least a short note, usually telling the recipient a little about themselves and where they’re from, and include a photo. It’s up to you. Cards should be signed with YOUR name, not your mom or dad’s.
Send One Card or Many
Then, each month, send greeting cards to the birthday people listed in the group. You can send one card, or a card to every single special person on the list. We prefer that you send cards to as many people on the list as pawsible, but know that it can be hard to do sometimes so it’s not required. (If you aren’t able to send cards to everyone, ask another scout or two to split up the list with you so that no special person on the list gets left out.)
Bundle Cards and Mail to Facility
DO NOT mail the cards individually. Put the peep’s name on each card’s envelope, then group all the cards together and send in one big envelope to the facility.
For example, for October, the birthday peeps at the NYSARC facility are:
Patty C 10/5
Darlene W. 10/11
Bundle these cards and send to:
NYSARC Day Habilitation Center
4603 Barrville Rd
Elba NY 14058
Attn: Sally Waldron
For October, the birthday peeps at the Deepwood school are:
Michael I. 10/20
Jeff K. 10/15
David K. 10/23
Leah N. 10/3
Michael R. 10/19
Lauren S. 10/9
Denise U. 10/11
Bundle these cards and send to:
Director of Volunteer and Professional Services
Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood
8121 Deepwood Blvd.
Mentor, OH 44060
Any scout in the service group can help you if you have questions.
What’s in it for Me?
Of course, a good and true Cat Scout never asks what’s in it for him or her, but in this case you do get a Service Badge and 250 Karma points. In order to progress through the ranks of Cat Scouts, you must complete the requisite number of service projects for each rank.
12 Service Badges
10 Service Badges
8 Service Badges
5 Service Badges
Tenderpaw First Class
3 Service Badges