Ready for a great spaghetti dinner and a worthy cause at the same time? Boy Scout Troop 34 is hosting a fundraiser dinner and silent auction at First Congregational Church at the base of the Old Mission Peninsula on Saturday, Oct. 12, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
On the menu is spaghetti, fresh garlic bread, salad, vegetables and home-made pie. This is also a 100 percent “Zero Waste” event.
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If you’re not familiar with Troop 34, which is hosted throughout the year by First Congregational Church, you’ve no doubt seen some of their good deeds around the Old Mission Peninsula.
In June of this year, Troop 34 helped the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society mulch trees along Center Road (they’ve helped with planting in the past, too). They’ve also worked to restore the historic Oil House at Mission Point Lighthouse. That project was spearheaded by Boy Scout Ben Wilson.
“Our troop, as does any Scout troop, needs to raise money to support their activities such as monthly campouts, summer camp, jamborees, high adventure trips and dues,” says Scout Leader Brian Brooks. “Scouting BSA [Boy Scouts of America] also has a wonderful infrastructure to support us, and a portion of what we raise, we send to them to support that infrastructure, which in itself is an ethical lesson for the scouts.”
He adds that there are also families in need, but “we believe that no youth will be excluded from scouts due to family financial situations. This is where our fundraising can really make a difference in a youth’s development and future life.”
Brian notes that scouting is all about allowing any youth to participate, with the goal of building life and leadership skills through fun, unique and exclusive exposure. Scouts learn about giving back to their communities through service projects such as road clean up, Eagle projects (check out this tree-planting and birdhouse project organized by Eagle Scout Leonard Chown at Pelizzari Park), conservation work, tree plantings, and assisting as volunteers during summer festivals, among others.
Last year, the scouts helped with another tree planting project at Pelizzari Park.
“These are our future leaders, so come have a great meal and share in community, while also helping us continue to enable the great institution of Scouting,” says Brian, adding that they’re excited about all the wonderful donations that local businesses have given for the silent auction. If you’d like to donate to the silent auction, contact Brian at email@example.com.
Also, Troop 34 is always looking for boys interested in becoming Scouts. The spaghetti dinner is a great way to support their mission and learn more about scouting.
First Congregational Church is located at 6105 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula (in near “The Forks” intersection of Center Road and Peninsula Drive).