TAYLOR COUNTY—The Boy Scouts of America provides a wonderful way for young men to learn, grow and flourish through various programs and camp opportunities. Locally, youths do this through their time with Troop 6.
While a member of Troop 6, scouts take part in various fundraisers aimed at raising money to attend camp outings and pay their annual club dues. Of course, this year, their normal fundraising efforts were changed, after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We usually held one large fundraiser a year, and that was parking cars at the fairgrounds. This year, obviously that wasn’t able to happen after the cancellation of the Taylor County Fair” explained Scoutmaster Randy Lewis.
According to Lewis, local Boy Scouts have been seen annually parking cars at the fair for many years.
“After taking some time off, the fair started back up and it was then that we were contacted by fair board members and asked if we would like to park cars at the annual event,” he noted.
After learning that the fair was a no-go this year, the group worked to come up with ideas on how to make up the money. It was decided that instead of parking cars, they would host a yard sale, offering treasures for the county’s residents.
“Someone had mentioned that the city-wide yard sale would be happening, and we thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for us to take part in,” Lewis shared. “We received donations of items and have been collecting them in preparation for the yard sale.”
He reported that there would be household items along with other treasures for guests to peruse through and possibly find to take home.
The yard sale will be taking place on Saturday, September 5, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., in the Church of the Good Shepherd’s parking lot, located at 3025 Lucas Dairy Road.
Guests are asked to please remember the social distancing guidelines while visiting the yard sale.
“The money we make will be used to pay for camping trips, our awards and annual dues,” Lewis revealed. “We are in need of new tents for the boys, so a portion of the money will be used for that. We also want to make sure that everyone who wants to participate in the camping trips is able to go, and we don’t want someone to be left out because they can’t afford it, so we will use funds to pay their way, as well.”
According to www.scouting.org, scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives. Aimed at providing activities and programs that help boys try new things, provide service to others and reinforce ethical standards, the Boy Scouts of American has been serving communities for more than 100 years.
Boy Scout Troop 6 has been helping shape and mold pre-teen boys for nearly 44 years, meeting the needs of young people within the community through mentoring, lifelong learning, faith traditions, healthy living and teaching the importance of serving others.
The group traditionally meets at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m., but due to the Coronavirus disease, they have been meeting in the pavilion above Tygart Dam.
“Feel free to come and check us out and see what we are all about,” voiced Lewis. “We also hope that residents will come out and show our boys support at the yard sale!”
To find out more about scouting or to learn how to apply for the program, please contact Scoutleader Lewis by phone at 304-657-9341.