By Michelle Armstead
Williamston Post staff writer
Williamston Boy Scout Troop 63, which has over 80 children and 60 adults registered, held one of many fundraisers to fund the scouts through summer camp.
The troop sold 50 hams raising raised about $390, which will pay for incidentals, equipment, gear, and other needs for trip to Cole Canoe Base in July, not entry fees.
This year will be the first that the troop attends Cole Canoe Base in Alger, Mich., in the past the scouts attended the Northwoods Scout Reservation in Lupton, Mich.
If the troop were not able to raise money through fundraising, Eric Holmes, assistant scout master and summer camp coordinator, said it would find some other way. There is no set fundraising goal.
The fundraisers conducted by Troop 63 include a pancake breakfast at the Williamston Jubilee in June, a Haunted House in October, and a popcorn fundraiser.
“We haul a 26-foot trailer with a full kitchen,” said Holmes. The trailer is full of picnic tables, tents, and everything else the troops need to camp for a week.
The goal is to sell as much as you can, according to 16-year-old Dylan King, a patrol leader. The money raised could go to other camping trips.
Will Sevic, a 16-year-old quartermaster, is hoping to get another good scouting experience from the camp. He also hopes to polish his skills in tying knots and reading a compass.
“It’s basically a park with little restriction and few adults, and you just have fun with your friends,” Sevic said. “You learn skills and just have fun.”
The camp experience also includes skills, gaining badges, and bonding experiences, according to Holmes.
“It’s really good teamwork,” he said. “We put the boys in the patrols and they have structured duties that they have to do and attend classes.”
The “big fun element” of summer camp includes swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, riding bikes, and hiking– the new camp also has a zip line.
The scouts could earn badges to work toward the Eagle Rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouts that less than 5 percent of boys earn.
The rank requires 21 merit badges and a community service project that helps the community, said Holmes.