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Prepared to help

Scouts camping to stamp out hunger

Sam Allen and Ryan Burque, both 11 at the time, of Brimfield stand by their food drive sign during Troop 7s 2008 food drive. (click for larger version)
November 17, 2010
BRIMFIELD — Members of the Boy Scouts of America are not only encouraged to participate in multiple community service projects each year they are required to do so by the organization to promote the importance of benevolence and solidarity.

But how?

Five years ago, members of Boy Scout Troop 7 decided to combine their affinity for camping and community service in one major event. After gaining permission from Brimfield officials, they set up their first campsite on the Town Common and began what would become a popular November tradition.

This weekend, for the fifth consecutive year, members of Troop 7 will again put that requirement into action, collecting non-perishable food items as part of their Fill the Tent holiday food drive. The Scouts will set up their tents at 9 a.m., Saturday Nov. 20, collecting food donated by residents that entire day before putting their cold weather camping skills to the test overnight.

One tent remains empty for storing donated food.

"I really enjoy this event because of the help it provides for the community," said Troop 7 Committee Chairman George Adams, who has been a Boy Scout Leader for more than eight years. "It's also great to see how much fun the kids get out of it."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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