Troop 868 in Action

SCOUTING FOR FOOD (November 2006)

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As has been our tradition for many years, Troop 868 and local Cub Scout Pack 848 once again joined forces to cover dozens of neighborhoods in the Shepherdsville area for the annual Scouting for Food canned goods drive.

On Saturday, November 11, Cub and Boy Scouts from the two units placed informational flyers on the front doors of every residence in our assigned territory.  This took about 6 hours including a pizza break for lunch.  Afterward, the troop hosted a bowling party for all the participants.

Then, on Saturday, November 18, scouts from both units returned to those same neighborhoods to collect donated groceries.  Collecting, sorting, and boxing the food takes longer and was very much an all-day project for the Boy Scouts.  Most of the Cubs, being younger, weren't able to work the full day, but their assistance was equally valuable for whatever hours they worked.

All the donated food was delivered early Saturday evening to Community Action Agency in Shepherdsville that will use it to provide emergency food assistance to Bullitt County families throughout the coming year.  According to CAC officials, the joint T-868/P-848 collection is the largest they receive and critical to their food pantry program.

For 2006, our combined collection totaled just under 1,500 pounds of food.

Troop 868 scouts Adam and Alex prepared empty boxes in the back of the troop bus to receive and sort canned goods. Trey walks to the bus with what looks to be a full load of donated canned goods.
Pack 848 Cub Scout Connor accepts a donation from a resident in The Pointe subdivision. It's obvious from Connor's smile that scouts enjoy collecting the food; especially when folks are generous.
Patrick, Dalton, Nick, Clinton, J.D., and Chris wait with their respective collections for the troop bus to return. Scouts Tim and Stephen gather up items they had stockpiled at a corner while collecting on a court in one subdivision.
Adam carries donated items along as he moves from house to house through a neighborhood. Nick and Tim joke around on the bus.  Note that entire back of the bus is filling up with donated groceries.
Pack 848 Cub Scout Conor returns to the bus with a bag of canned goods. Scouts filled several lanes during a bowling party on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the project.
Cub Scouts bowled on a lane with the gutter bumpers up to promote higher scores.  Boy Scout Chris bowls on the next lane. Cub Scout Gus (at left) and Boy Scout Jonathan (at right) watch their respective balls and hope for strikes.
Assistant Scoutmaster David Meek was our only left-handed bowler. Jonathan watches his ball as Scoutmaster Bob Meek prepares to take a turn on the adjacent lane.