Boys raise money for Scout camp

Published 8:52 pm Monday, March 26, 2012

A Scout washes a car at a recent Troop 1929 car wash. The group is raising money to attend summer camp.

A camp in North Carolina this summer will be the first adventure outside Tidewater for some boys in Suffolk’s Cub Scout Troop 1929, and they are busy fundraising.

Proceeds from a spaghetti dinner at West End Baptist Church Saturday are still being tallied, but more than 150 tickets were sold ahead of the event, according to troop committee chair Cindy Fegley.

“We had a nice little atmosphere,” she said. “We had it set up like an Italian café — we even had Italian menus on the tables, and waiters had little towels over their arms.”

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This Saturday, the boys will be washing cars at the 7-Eleven on Godwin Boulevard, next to Wendy’s, from 9 a.m. till noon.

Customers will be asked to donate whatever they deem their car wash is worth — or, as Fegley puts it, “whatever not having to wash their car themselves is worth.”

“Camp Cards” will also be on sale for $5, offering discounts for several local businesses, including Busch Gardens and Jammin’ Jerk BBQ.

Fegley hopes the car wash will raise $500, which would get the boys closer to their final goal.

“Realistically, the boys need probably close to $2,500 to make their goal for the $5,000 needed to go to the summer camp,” Fegley said.

The camp at Raven Knob, in the northwestern North Carolina mountains, will allow the cubs to concentrate on their Scouting skills.

“We have first-year boys who will learn what it’s like to work in a patrol,” Fegley said.

“We have a few for which this will be their first camp, and for some it will be their first time out of the Tidewater area.”

The boys chose the camp themselves, opting for a location in the mountains, from several options within reasonable driving distance, Fegley said.

“Being the summer, they wanted to get away from the heat,” she said. “I think it was also because of some of the program opportunities that they have.”

According to the camp website, the boys may experience boating, swimming, handicrafts, hiking, zip-lining and a frog hunt.

“It’s a really good opportunity, and we try to take them to a good location each year,” Fegley said.

Established with six boys in September 2010, Suffolk’s Boy Scout Troop 1929 currently has 15 members, she said.

Carwash tickets can be pre-ordered; contact Cindy Fegley, at 334-2464 or cindy.scouting@charter.net.