On Saturday, October 6th, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Great Bend spread out and walked around their neighborhoods, picking up donations of food for the Barton County Food Bank. The day started at 9:00 am. and continued until the boys and their scoutmasters delivered them to the food bank at 3:00 p.m.
Earlier in the week, Cub Scout Pack 149, which meets at Trinity Methodist Church, left door hangers around the surrounding neighborhoods letting residents know they would be by Saturday morning, asking them to leave their donations, clearly marked “Scouting for Food” by their front doors. After a brief morning meeting, the scouts headed out in small groups.
Daren Maddox is going on his second year in scouts, and has attained the rank of Wolf. His older brother John has achieved the rank of Bear. They collected bags along Hemlock Drive.
Back at the church, the boys and their leaders sorted the cans by type, and checked expiration dates. If cans were more than three months expired, they would need to be set aside. That afternoon, the scouts brought several boxes of sorted food to the Barton County Food Bank.
“Our pack did great,” said Ken Edgett, leader of Pack 149. “We picked up 775 lbs. of goods.”
“As Scouts, these boys took a pledge to show good will and to help other people, and this is just one way of doing that,” said Arvin Fontarum, Kanza District Executive for the Quivira Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The tradition began in 1985 in the St. Louis, Mo. area, and was later adopted by the national organization. Scouts in the Great Bend area have been Scouting for Food for over a decade, he said.