Archive for Thursday, April 28, 2005

Scouts appreciate support

April 28, 2005

Boy Scout Troop No. 54 would like to publicly thank Mayor Dave Anderson and the De Soto City Council for supporting our transportation fund-raising efforts.
Troop No. 54 is only one of the many good organizations doing wonderful things for youth in our community. Raising funds is a challenge for each and every one of these groups. Local businesses are generous in more ways than monetary by donating items for use or sale. They are approached by many organizations and their resources are limited.
Troop No. 54 has been raising funds for transportation since first making the decision to travel to Colorado last fall. Letters to solicit support were sent to Chamber of Commerce members, Scouts have had a garage sale, sold trash bags, flower bulbs and Christmas greenery and the troop works to earn money each spring and fall at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. In addition, the Boy Scout troop and the Cub Scout Pack each participated in, and raised money for, Relay For Life.
The troop is hosting a dinner/silent auction May 7 at the VFW with funds earmarked for transportation. Many donations have been received from businesses and individuals.
In a "normal" year the additional travel expenses to Colorado may have been covered with a few additional fund-raisers such as the upcoming dinner. However, this is an extraordinary year for Troop 54.
In March, the troop added 15 new scouts, nearly doubling the number of scouts. With additional scouts come additional expenses for tents, back packs and other supplies. The expenses for the individual first-year scout can be considerable as well. It takes an effort to make sure interested boys are able to participate regardless of financial ability to do so.
High Adventure activities such as the Colorado camp keep older boys involved. Keeping the boys interested and in the troop provides them the ability to advance toward Eagle Scout.
Recent Eagle Scout projects benefiting the community include dug out covers at Miller Park, cement pads for concessions at Sunflower Park, landscaping at the Baptist Church, a horse shoe pit at the VFW, organizing a blood drive, landscaping at the De Soto fire station, and refurbished bicycles for distribution by De Soto Multi- Service Center.
Support from the city, businesses and community helps make these projects possible.
Teresa Smith
Fund-raising co-chair Troop No. 54

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