Troop 868 in Action

SCOUTING FOR FOOD (November 2005)

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As is the troop's annual tradition, we once again partnered with Cub Scout Pack 848 to cover a number of dozens of neighborhoods in and around Shepherdsville.  Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and parents from both units teamed up to place informational flyers on the front doors of every residence in our assigned territory on Saturday, November 12.  Then, on Saturday, November 19 we returned to collect the donated groceries, boxed it up, and at the end of the day delivered it to the food pantry at the local Community Action Agency where it will be used to provide emergency assistance for Bullitt County families.

The food pantry at the CAA receives donations from several local churches throughout the year, but the annual Scouting for Food collection accounts for a major portion of the annual supply and is vital to the operation of the emergency food program.

For 2005, Shepherdsville residents donated 2,400 pounds of food.

Troop 868 Eagle Scout Clinton teamed up with Cub Scouts from Pack 848 to collect donated groceries. Boy Scout Adam struggles with a couple of bags of canned goods, being careful not to drop and dent any cans.
Troop 868 Assistant Scoutmaster Clinton Vissers' job was to sort and box the food on the back of the troop's bus. Boy Scout Philip teamed up with his younger brother Cub Scout Conor throughout the day.
This team filled a box and several bags with donations collected from one street. Pack 848 Webelos Leader Andrew Shartzer feigned like his back was breaking under the weight of one heavy load.
This Pack 848 Webelos Scout seemed to approve of the lunch that was served during a mid-day break. Boy Scouts Stephen, Patrick, and Philip enjoyed socializing with each other during lunch.
Then it was back to work for Webelos Scout Nolan and his buddies. It was a long day and involved lots of walking, sometimes to collect only a few cans, but small donations add up.
In addition to the community service provided, the project also  provided a great opportunity for Cubs and Boy Scouts to work together -- something that both groups seemed to enjoy. It was starting to get dark by the time we made delivery to the food pantry, but Troop 868 Committee Members Dave Meek and Jeff Brown didn't seem to mind lugging the heavy boxes.