The Boy Scouts of America Troop 1280 will be hosting their annual spaghetti dinner at St. Ann Catholic Church Friday, Feb. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This year’s event will help fundraise for the troop’s trip to Washington D.C. later this year.
The Washington D.C. trip is important to the boy scout troop because according to the Committee Chair, Melissa Adams, it will teach them independence and responsibility.
“The scouts are planning that trip,” Adams said. “We’ll drive them but we’re there just to help them if they need anything.”
During their trip to Washington D.C., the troop plans to visit a number of war memorials because of the troops close connection to veterans.
The troop’s target organization that they primarily help out with during the year is the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4793. Adams said they worked with the veterans and gained an appreciation for their service; however, this trip will give them an even greater appreciation.
“They work hand-and-hand with the VFW, so actually going and seeing some of these memorials that they’ve had ceremonies with at the VFW is a whole different experience in itself,” Adams explained. “It’s two different things: you work hand-and-hand at the VFW with living veterans [and] down there you’re going to see veterans not with us anymore. I think they’ll gain a lot from it.”
Adams said the troop appreciates being invited to help out at VFW events because she believes it’s good to see what we’ve lost to get freedom and the rights we have in America.
The next event that the troop will attend is a trip to a VA hospital during Easter season.
Serving the community through activities like this does not only help community members but also the boy scouts. Adams believes the qualities and lessons boy scouts learn from these activities are essential to keeping them from taking the wrong turn in life.
“This county here alone has been hit hard economically and drug activity. Supporting a program like boy scouts you get them out of potential issues with that,” she said. “I don’t know one family in this county that hasn’t known somebody or been affected by [drug abuse] in some way or another within their own families.”
Adams said supporting a program like this is not only beneficial for current scouts but for future troop members as well.
To support Troop 1280, community members can either donate or purchase tickets for the spaghetti dinner. Tickets cost $7 per adult and $4 for children 12 and under.