Troop 868 in Action
(May 2006)

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Troop 868 was asked by the Shepherdsville Fire Department to help with door-to-door collections for the annual WHAS Crusade for Children.  Scouts responded by volunteering a Saturday morning plus 3 weekday evenings.  Having plenty of prior experience canvassing neighborhoods for the annual Scouting for Food drive and various troop fundraising events, the firefighters were amazed that the boys knew exactly what to do and how to do it ... and weren't the least bit bashful about knocking on doors and asking for donations! 

In past years, it has taken the firefighters at least 3 weeks to visit all homes in the district.  This year, with the scouts' manpower and youthful enthusiasm, the task was completed in 3 days!

In addition to providing a community service, the scouts benefited by getting to ride all around town on the fire trucks with lights flashing and sirens howling.  The whole operation was a positive experience for both the scouts and the firefighters.

Scout Dylan helped wash one of the fire trucks before heading out for neighborhood collections on Saturday morning. Scouts and firefighters gathered to receive instructions before heading into neighborhoods.
Chris knocked then waited for a resident to come to the door. Firefighter Matt Smothers, who coordinated the department's Crusade collections effort, thanked scouts for their assistance.