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Summit's Boy Scout Troop 67 Receives SAPF Grant, Conducts Annual St. Teresa's Food Drive

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SUMMIT, NJ - Boy Scout Troop 67 of Summit has received $3,596 a grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation that has enabled three Boy Scout scholarships which were provided to local Scouts to attend Sabattis Adventure Camp in Long Lake, NY. The adventure camp is a marquis learning and leadership experience managed by the Patriots Path Boy Scout Council.

There, newer Scouts learn outdoor skills from participating in high adventure programs such as first aid, camping, and canoeing.  Leadership is developed through the Patrol method, where elected leaders manage their same-aged Patrols in camp-wide activities. Additionally, the grant provided much needed gear.

For new Scouts, one of the biggest obstacles is affording the proper equipment required for backpacking and tent camping on overnight trips. With the SAPF grant, the Troop was able to purchase sleeping bags and backpacks for younger scouts as well as items needed for a Patrol -- a group of same-aged Scouts that remain together all through their Scouting careers -- including first aid items and tents.

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Scouts Again Conduct Food Drive

Troop 67 of Summit recently completed the annual food drive for St Teresa of Avila's food pantry, Loaves & Fishes. With a total of 19 parent drivers and 41 scouts participating, flyers were distributed and food was later collected. Scouts hand delivered 1,200 flyers in Summit household letterboxes or mail slots, one week later collected 130 bags of food, and then stocked the empty shelves.

Loaves & Fishes is a long-standing outreach program to help the local needy at  St Teresa of Avila’s Roman Catholic Church. They maintain a food pantry in the basement of the church and stock non-perishable food items for weekly distribution to approximately 50 local families. The outreach program also runs two large food drives to feed over 400 area families:  one at Thanksgiving and another at Christmas. 

Troop 67 serves boys 10-18 years of age, and meets at St. Teresa’s on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. For more information about the Troop, visit troop67online.org.

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