Troop 868 in Action

SCOUTING FOR FOOD (November 2007)

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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.  But this year we were pleased to have several scouts and leaders from Cub Scout Pack 686 join us, also.

On Saturday, November 10, scouts from the Pack 848 and Troop 868 placed informational flyers on the front doors of nearly 3,000 homes in our assigned territory.  The job took just over 5 hours.  Afterward, we gathered for lunch at the Community Center then watched the recently released Spiderman 3 movie.

Then, on Saturday, November 17, scouts from all three units returned to those same neighborhoods to collect donated groceries.  Collecting, sorting, and boxing the food takes longer and the effort is very much an all-day project.  Some of the Cub Scouts, being younger, weren't able to work the full day, but others hung in to the very end.  However long they worked, their assistance was equally valuable and greatly appreciated.

All the donated food was delivered to the Community Action Agency in Shepherdsville.  The CAC will use it to provide emergency food assistance to Bullitt County families throughout the coming year.  Our combined collection totaled just over 6,500 items.  According to CAC officials, our donation is the largest they receive and critical to their food pantry program.

Troop 868 Boy Scouts Chris and Connor, Pack 686 Cub Scout Jeff, Pack 686 Wolf Den Leader Andy Wagoner, and Troop 868 Boy Scout Jonathan waited for pickup by the troop bus. Pack 848 Cub Scouts Connor and Kyle with Cubmaster Patrick McClure used a wagon to haul donated canned goods.
Troop 868 Boy Scouts Trey and Stephen each carried a handful of donated items. The younger scouts always seemed to be carrying the heavier bags as demonstrated by Gabe, Cody, and Ethan.
Pack 848 Cub Scouts Kyle and Cullen place donations into the back of the Boy Scout troop's bus as Chris holds the door. Boy Scout Ethan and Assistant Scoutmaster Waldo Guzman loaded collected items into the bus.
Dylan struggled with a large bag of canned goods as Pack 848 Webelos Scout Preston tried to balance a box of cans. More than once plastic bags just weren't up to the task, but no donated food ever got away from the scouts!
Pack 686 Wolf Leader Andrew Wagoner with Cub Scout Jeff.

Troop 868 Boy Scout Gabe.

Troop 868 Boy Scout Cody.

Troop 868 Boy Scout Jonathan.

Pack 686 Bear Den Leader Martin Moore with Cub Scout Nicholas.

Pack 848 Cub Scout Preston.

Pack 686 Webelos Cub Scout Charlie.

At the Community Action Agency, everyone pitched in to help unload the bus and carry the donated food inside. Stephen hands a box of cereal and other dry groceries out the bus door to Dylan.
Scouts used hand trucks and teamwork to move the larger boxes full of canned goods. Pack 686 Bear Den Leader Marty Moore and Pack 848 Webelos Leader Jeff Hagerman teamed up to carry a large carton.