Troop 868 in Action
SCOUTING FOR FOOD
(November 14 & November 21, 2009)

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Scouting for Food is an annual canned goods drive conducted by various troops and packs throughout the Lincoln Heritage Council in mid-November.  Troop 868 works with Cub Scout Pack 848 and Cub Scout Pack 868 to cover a huge area of Shepherdsville west of the CSX railroad tracks.

Scouting for Food is a two Saturday commitment.  On the first Saturday, scouts walk their assigned territory and place a flyer on the door of home to inform residents about the program and solicit their participation by placing a box or bag of donated non-perishable food items on their front porch the next Saturday.  Mid-week, we place yard signs in the neighborhoods as an added reminder to residents.  On the second Saturday, scouts re-visit the same neighborhoods to pick up the donated food.  The food is then counted, sorted, re-packed into boxes, and delivered to a local food pantry.

Two Guys Printing in Shepherdsville donated printing of the flyers as a community service for the second year in a row.  We really appreciate their support.  

After flyer distribution on the first Saturday was completed, the group ate lunch at the Community Center than went bowling.  Pictures from the bowling activity are posted on Pack 868's website at www.cubpack868.com/Bowl2009.htm.

For 2009, Troop 868 and their partnering units took the collected food to the food pantry program operated by First Baptist Church in Shepherdsville.  The pantry at First Baptist Church is currently the primary food relief program for Shepherdsville and the surrounding communities of Brooks, Nichols, and Lebanon Junction.  Many donors really appreciate the fact that their contributions go to help families in the local area.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and the scouts' hard work, we collected just over 4,600 pounds of food, an increase of roughly 20% over 2008.

Troop 868 Scoutmaster Bob Meek places one of over 100 yard signs that were set out to remind residents about the program. Troop 868 Boy Scout Preston and Pack 868 Webelos Cub Scout Toby paired up to cover a street in one neighborhood.
Troop 868 scouts Dylan and Chase carry several sacks of donated food to the troop bus. Troop 868 Boy Scout Drew seems to having a good time.  Who says community service can't be fun?
The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts all worked together to try and make sure that every house got visited. Troop 868 Committee Chairman Andy Rodabaugh retrieved one of our many yard signs as collections in that area were finished.
Pack 868 Webelos Cub Scout Toby struggled to carry several heavy bags of donated groceries to the bus. Pack 868 Webelos Cub Scout Jonathan handed a bag and a box of groceries to Troop Committee Member Heather DiEnno.
This was a typical scene as scouts worked their way through dozens of Shepherdsville neighborhoods.  (L to R) Boy Scout Matthew with Cub Scouts Adam, Toby, and Austin.
Back at the Community Center, all the donations had to be unloaded and carried inside for counting and sorting. Pack 868 Cubmaster Billy Thompson carries a load.  The scouts in line include boys from Troop 868, Pack 848, and Pack 868.
The unsorted donations were placed in the center of the floor where the sorters could easily get them. Parents and leaders from Pack 868 prepared to serve the boys pizza for lunch.
The lunch break provided scouts with an opportunity to relax and visit with their friends. Troop 868 Committee Chairman Andy Rodabaugh circulated about the room and made sure every got plenty to eat.


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