Scouts raise money for summer trip

Published 9:03 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Boy Scout Troop 1929 plans to load up its trailer and tour a section of the East Coast this summer. It will raise money toward the trip with a barbecue dinner this month.

Boy Scout Troop 1929 plans to load up its trailer and tour a section of the East Coast this summer. It will raise money toward the trip with a barbecue dinner this month.

Suffolk’s Boy Scout Troop 1929 is planning a barbecue dinner this month to raise funds for a multi-state tour of a section of the East Coast later in the summer.

The dinner will be held in the fellowship hall at West End Baptist Church, on the corner of West Washington Street and St. James Avenue, from 4:30 until 7 p.m. June 15, according to Cindy Fegley, troop committee chair.

There will be pulled-pork barbecue prepared by the troop’s “own resident barbecue specialist,” baked beans from an award-winning recipe passed down from a scout’s great-grandmother, slaw and a roll, according to Fegley.

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Individual meals and one-pound containers will sell for $8, and family four-packs for $28, with dine-in and take-out available.

Desserts will also be available, and orders of 10 meals or 10 pounds will be delivered upon request.

First-responders in uniform will receive half off at the door “as our way of saying, ‘Thank you!’ for all that they do,” Fegley stated.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-orders are preferred. To pre-order, call Fegley at 334-2464.

“The trip the boys have planned will take us from Suffolk, to just outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Fort Necessity and Laurel Cavern), then on to Niagara Falls, N.Y.,” Fegley wrote in an email.

“From there we’ll head back east into Pennsylvania, where we’ll camp while visiting Philadelphia, Hershey and Gettysburg.

“The boys will be working on their American Heritage and American Culture merit badges, primarily, but also working on camping, cooking and rank advancement.”

Two young men from Scotland will also accompany the Suffolk scouts, Fegley stated. Alexander Rennie, staying with the Fegleys in Suffolk, is a youth leader with a scouting program in Scotland.

“For him, this trip will be an opportunity for him to earn his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential Award, which requires that he travels with a group of people he doesn’t know,” according to Fegley.

Ramsay McGowan, the other boy, is staying in Newport News. “It will provide him the chance to see what Scouting is about, as he hopes to return to the U.S. for a full school year in the fall of 2014,” Fegley stated. “If he does, he will be able to participate in a Scouting program with a better understanding of how it works.”

Proceeds from the dinner will help the boys experience the places they visit, rather than just pass through, according to Fegley.

“They would like to see Niagara Falls, but riding into them on the Maid of the Mist would make it an unforgettable experience,” she stated.

“Touring Fort Necessity will be great, but earning the Indian Lore merit badge, taught by an actual Native American … well, you see the difference.”