Helping Neighbors: Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 1740 Scouting for Food to benefit F.I.S.H. OF
Thank you Cub Scout Pack 1740 and Boy Scout Troop 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, the SWFL Boy Scout council established February as Journey to Excellence “Good Turn for America” Community Service Month. As part of their community service work goal for February, the Cub Scout Pack 1740 and Boy Scout Troop 1740 organized their annual Scouting for Food project, with more than 90% pack and troop participation in at least 1.5 hours of service work this month and earning the commemorative patch. “We had a wonderful turn-out again this year in our Sanibel community, even receiving phone calls from residents wanting to arrange pre- or post-event donation drop-offs in honor of our Scouts,” said pack leader Kara Stone. “It is a great day for our Scouts to take the lead in organizing and picking up donations, with the adults supervising for safety. We love this event every year, and it gives our Scouts an opportunity to experience making a difference and lending a helpful hand in our community."
Scouts hung informational door hangers and left plastic bags for food on the doors of houses in the Gumbo Limbo neighborhood. They returned one week later to walk the neighborhood and pick up bags of non-perishable food left out by houses. “This annual, national service work event was so much fun for them,” continues Stone. “Our Scouts were excited and eager to go to the neighborhood 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 boys were 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 and Boy Scout Troop 1740 is chartered by The Sanibel Community Church, and was established on December 15th, 2015. They meet weekly on island at SCC for all den meetings and pack award ceremonies. 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 Commissioner: Walter Jones; Committee Chair: Kara Stone; Committee Members: Kim Kouril, and Monica Tison; Cubmaster: Brian Boyd and Den Leaders: Jason Maughn, Barbara Maughn, Kara Stone, Kim Kouril and Mark Thompson.