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(L TO R) Walt Pressler, Troop #344 Committee Chairman, Chris Burnett, Scoutmaster, Troop #344, S.A.L. Commander Mike Shuler, John Burnett, Boy Scout Troop #344, #2344 Venture Crew Members, Cory Shadle, Brittney Burns, Kendra Shadle, Bryan Medina, and Kaylee Shadle.A Boy Scout troop can attend summer camp thanks to a donation from a local American Legion Post. Legion Post #241 on Bluffton Road donated $1,500 this year to Troop #344 and Venture Crew #2344 sponsored by Waynedale’s United Methodist Church.

Walt Pressler is the troop’s spokesman. “Each year we have parents who would have to turn down their son’s request to go to camp for lack of funds,” says Pressler. This year’s week long camp costs roughly $260 per trooper and includes meals.

The yearly summer camp is a major event in a boy scout’s career. Pressler says while at camp, the boys have fun, learn new skills, and earn merit badges for activities like camping, cooking, swimming, first aid, and others.

For more information about becoming a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or joining the Venture Crew, visit any Tuesday night meeting at Waynedale United Methodist Church at Old Trail Road and Church Street from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The 29th annual “Scouting for Food” drive runs from Monday, March 23rd to Saturday, April 18th.

Participating Girl Scout and Boy Scout units in Fort Wayne will be going door-to-door collecting food donations throughout the food drive.

The food donations will go to local food pantries or to regional food banks. Collection bins have been placed in participating Kroger stores for customers to place pre-bagged $3, $5 and $10 food bags.

Brandon D. Schwarze

Brandon D. Schwarze

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