Local Scouts find merit Scouting for Food


March 08, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BOY SCOUTS AND Cub Scouts in Mount Airy canvassed more than 2,000 homes last weekend in their biggest effort for a community food drive.

Mount Airy Boy Scout Troops 460 and 428 and Cub Scout Pack 460 collected 3,600 pounds of food for Carroll County Food Sunday, a food bank in Westminster that serves all of Carroll County.

"Scouting teaches a number of values. It teaches kids to be self-reliant and gives them leadership roles," said Bill Blonkowski, a coordinator for the local food drive. "But one of the most important things it should teach is a sense of community service and this effort certainly shows the boys what they're doing will benefit the community."

This is the second year that Scouts in Mount Airy have conducted a large-scale drive to collect items for local food banks. Forty-five Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, with nearly 30 adult leaders and parents, visited local residences to alert them to the food drive effort and returned the next weekend to pick up donations.

The local campaign was part of the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America's annual food drive.

"We have more than 58,000 members in our council," said Bill Hamlin, Carroll County District Senior Executive, BSA. "In Baltimore and our five surrounding counties, including Baltimore County, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel, the food drive has been an annual event for about 20 years now. The food banks always appreciate our efforts and count on us to help them fill their shelves."

Carroll County Food Sunday was receiving food this week from local Scouts. The Carroll County food bank received 25,500 pounds of food from the Boy Scout and Cub Scout effort.

"This is by far one of the biggest food drives in our county," said Hank Reinhardt, chairman of Scouting for Food, Carroll County. "I think it helps the boys realize there are people not as well off who need help. One of the objectives in Scouting is public service and something like this gets the boys in the whole district to work together."

School playground update

Pupils at Mount Airy Elementary School could be using new playground equipment this fall.

"We are hoping the first phase of playground equipment for grades three, four and five could be in place when the kids return to school in September. The bidding process has already begun," said Lucy Burnett, chairwoman of the Mount Airy Elementary School Playground Committee.

The committee has raised $29,500. Its goal is $50,000.

Mount Airy Kiwanis Club will help in that effort. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be donated to the playground fund.

The breakfast will be held from 6 a.m. to noon March 23 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy.

A new fund-raiser for the playground fund, the sale of Yankee Candles, will begin Thursday and run through March 20.

Information: Lucy Burnett, 410-549-1955.

Play auditions

Mount Airy Players is looking for children, 8 years or older, to audition for its production of Alice in Wonderland.

Auditions will be held at noon March 16 and 7 p.m. March 18, 25 and 26 at St. James Episcopal Church, 204 N. Main St.

Audition participants will be asked to read excerpts from the script.

Prepared monologues are welcome.

The play will be performed outside in early June.

Information: 301-829-3321 or mtairyplayers@hotmail.com.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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