Helping Neighbors: Cub Scout Pack 1740 Scouting for Food to benefit F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP
Thank you Cub Scout Pack 1740 for designating FISH as the recipient of the annual Scouting for Food Drive! Scouting for Food is the Southwest Florida Boy Scout Council’s annual food-collection drive providing Scouts with the opportunity to “do a good turn” by collecting and providing non-perishable foods to those in need. This year, Pack 1740 obtained permission from the Southwest Florida Boy Scout Council to keep all food collected right here on Sanibel, serving our very own local community in our first year as our new on island pack. They plan to keep this tradition going on an annual basis here on Sanibel.
Scouts hung informational door hangers and left plastic bags for food on the doors of houses in the neighborhoods of North Yachtsman Drive and Lighthouse Way, Island Woods, and Sanibel Bayous on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 20th. They returned one week later to walk the three neighborhoods and pick up bags of non-perishable food left out by houses. Over 300 pounds of food were collected by Pack 1740 and delivered to the FISH food pantry. “This annual, national service work event was so much fun for them,” says pack leader Kara Stone. “We had a larger turn-out than ever before for our Scouting for Food event. Amazingly, our pack provided a total 90 hours of service work during the 2 Saturdays in February.” Stone continues, “Our Scouts woke up the 2nd Saturday and were excited and eager to go to the neighborhoods and see the bags of food for donation. It was ‘like Christmas’ for them when they practically ran from house to house finding the donations for F.I.S.H. The Scouts loved finding and lifting heavier bags and finding out how much the bags weighed at the F.I.S.H. donation site. Our pack is so grateful to have had the opportunity to be helpful to our community and to begin to teach our Scouts the importance of service work, which will be a part of their entire lives.”
Cub Scout Pack 1740 is chartered by The Sanibel Community Church. Our pack was established on December 15th, 2015. They meet weekly on island at SCC for all den meetings and pack award ceremonies. There are currently 16 Cub Scouts in grades 1-4 in the pack. The 7 Purposes of Cub Scouts include: character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships, personal achievement, friendly service, fun and adventure, and preparation for Boy Scouts. Pack 1740 is led by: Pack Executive Officer: Pastor Daryl Donovan; Pack Charter Organization Representative: Kevin Schafer; Pack Committee Chair: Kara Stone; Pack Committee Members: Kim Kouril, Amy Stroud, Barbara Maughan; Cubmaster: Brian Boyd