Boy Two has earned himself a place on a trip to Malaysia in 2019 with the Scouts. It’s a great opportunity to have an adventure, meet new people and enjoy some memorable escapades.
I’m delighted for him. The only thing is that he has to raise the cost of getting himself there – no mean sum.
He’s already applied himself to the task and worked out how much he must rake in every week to hit the target. I’m really impressed, so far.
It is early days and I know the enthusiasm may wane. The bright ideas of autumn 2017 might be very dull and dusty by spring 2019.
However, I know he’s not alone. Lots of kids go off on these kinds of adventures – I have fond memories of one lad’s fund-raising efforts with flavoured gin. In the spirit of I’ll show you mine if you show me yours, here are his best ideas, please tell us yours…
Every Friday he comes home from school and rolls up his sleeves. Then he makes brownies, biscuits and chocolate crispies that he sells in the centre of our village on the Saturday morning. A roaring success, so far.
A couple of gigs – both on his own and with his pal – under his belt. He’d like more, but I think it’s a bit of a slow burner as – unfairly in my opinion – it seems boys are less of an obvious choice to look after kids than girls.
Well, I don’t have to. Boy Two has turned his hand to sanding new plaster, sealing the shower and reducing our local weed count. All good skills, though he drives a hard bargain on rates.
Declutter and re-home
This is my very faourite and one I hope he sticks with. It involves him selling the crap treasures that fill our house to other people. It turns out it’s really easy to use auction sites or specialist book and game businesses to flog things. Just list what you’ve got, parcel it up, arrange courier collection and Bob’s your proverbial. Everyone’s happy, him, the planet and me for getting rid of some stuff.
In the pipeline
He’s talked about making things to sell, holding campfire birthday parties for kids, cleaning cars and building flat-packed furniture. All great ideas.
When your kids were fund-raising, what did they do? What worked best for them? ….And you?
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