My blog a few weeks ago was all about saving, and finding, money. I hadn’t exactly thought about where it was going to go…then I went to a meeting on Sunday afternoon, for Scouts who plan to attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. This is an event put on by the Boy Scouts of America every four years, and it isn’t your typical Scout Camp.
The National Jamboree dates back to 1937, and is historically attended by tens of thousands of Scouts, and visited by hundreds of thousands of guests, often including the President of the United States. It’s been held for over 30 years now at Fort A.P. Hill, an Army base in Virginia, but is moving next year to the brand-new Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, in West Virginia, which is the BSA’s newest High Adventure Base. Scouts will participate in a range of activities, such as rock climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, shooting sports, even SCUBA diving.
As you might imagine, this isn’t cheap, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for my oldest son, who is just old enough to attend. Now, I’m totally sold on the Boy Scout program, so for me, I can’t think of a better “re-purposing” of funds that used to be spent on cable TV.
This was a great, and timely, reminder for me – not only of why it’s important to save money, but how important it is to evaluate what you’re spending money on, and what you get for it. In this case, I’m trading instant mindless entertainment and a promotion of a sedentary lifestyle for an opportunity to instill lofty values and a sense of adventure in a young man who is otherwise inundated by a culture of video games and computer screens. I expect the return on this investment to be priceless. I’m already thinking about 2017, when his younger brother will be old enough to go.
At EXAIR, we’re focused on providing solutions, and helping you optimize your compressed air use. Consider this Blowoff Comparison, putting our Super Air Knife side-by-side with several other typical blow-off methods.
Where else can your company spend that extra money? I hope you make it count.
(800)923-9247 toll free