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Boy Scouts keep fair clean & raise funds at same time

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POSTED September 28, 2011 8:41 p.m.

Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis has been helping out other local non-profit organizations through the Pumpkin Fair by hiring them to help out with the Pumpkin Fair.

 One example is hiring Boy Scout Troop 432 to keep the grounds clean during the two-day event. It seems to be win-win situation, as the place needs to stay clean to ensure the local business owners won’t have a mess in front of their shops when they return to work after a weekend of fairgoers eating plenty of tasty treats, buying arts and crafts, or just strolling through downtown checking out the local businesses. The Kiwanis Club isn’t taxed with the duty of continuously picking up litter and emptying full garbage cans throughout the fair boundaries for two days straight. And the value of the Boy Scouts learning how to earn a dollar through a lot of hard work and the fulfillment of serving the community by keeping Manteca clean.

BSA Troop 432 has been in existence since 2002. It meets at Calvary Community Church on Lathrop Road every Monday evening. The troop started with only three scouts; but with a reputation of a troop that emphasizes the benefit of ‘outing’ in scouting, they have grown to close to 50 boys. They understand that the more active they stay with campouts, day hikes, fundraisers and service projects, the kids and parents will value the time spent with the troop and appreciate how it helps the boys grow into fine young men. To afford these activities, Boy Scout troops must earn money or each family must pay their own way. As it does cost to have your son in Boys Scouts, troop 432 encourages the boys to earn as much as they can through fund raising so they will appreciate their parents more for what they need to do to keep them in scouting.

They also raise funds through car washes, pancake breakfasts, and have even been hired to keep the Manteca Street Faire and the GECAC Rodeo grounds clean during those events. Their service projects have included canned-food drives, trail cleaning at Caswell State Park and Camp Chawanakee, and about 10 Eagle Scout Projects that have benefited local schools, churches, parks, and other non-profit organizations. Some of these Eagle Projects were partially funded through financial donations from Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis. The troop typically has, on average, one outing per month, from day hikes at Pinnacles National Park, Mt. St. Helena, and Mt. Diablo, to weekend campouts at Pinecrest, Oyster Creek, and Malakoff Diggins, and even ski trips to Kirkwood in the winter months. Troop 432 spends a week at Camp Chawanakee at Silver Lake each summer at a cost of over $300 per scout. The money earned at the Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair offsets that cost for each family about $50 to $75. Troop 432 would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sunrise Kiwanis organization for all the financial help and opportunities it has given them. Also, thank you to the citizens of Manteca who donate to scouting and other fine organizations whenever they can.

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