Donations from the community helped the Newcomerstown Boy Scout Troop 424 and Cub Scout Pack 424 take a three-day trip to Gettysburg, Pa., recently.
"I can't believe how the community stepped up and did all that for us. I was really pleased," said Scoutmaster Lee Russell.
The donations from the local American Legion Post, Newcomerstown Moose Lodge, VFW, local Vietnam Veterans, Newcomerstown Rotary Club, Tom Little Foundation and McDonnell Excavating helped send 22 children to Camp Conewago in Pennsylvania. There were also 18 adult chaperones who paid their own way in going on the trip.
Russell said the only thing the Scouts had to pay for was gas money/toll money for the driver, souvenirs and snacks along the way. The rest was paid for the by the donations from the community.
Russell said he wanted to take the Scouts on a bigger camping trip in the summer and going to Gettysburg was just one option.
"It was the first real time we did a lot there," said Daniel Russell, a Boy Scout who went on the camping trip.
For the Scouts, the trip was a way to earn another patch on their Scout uniform. To earn the five parts of the patch, the Scouts had to complete the five parts of the trip which were outlined in the "Gettysburg Heritage Trail Guide." The parts included: Visit Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center, take a seven-mile hike in downtown Gettysburg to see specific sites, take a 5.4 mile hike on Johnny Reb's Trail (which was the Eastern lines of the battle), take a 10-mile hike on the Billy Yank Trail (the Western lines of the battle), and visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site.
"These boys will never forget this," Lee Russell said. "I think they will remember it positively."
Recruitment for Cub Scouts will begin in the fall. Elementary-school age boys will be getting information sent home from school. As far as joining Boy Scouts, Lee Russell said the boys could join the pack now. He said the goal for all Boy Scouts is to become an Eagle Scout.
"We have already begun plans for next year," Lee Russell said.
Besides the monthly camping trips, he said they are planning next year's trip to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.
To join Boy Scouts, call Scoutmaster Lee Russell at 740-502-4529.