Culver Scouts seek community’s support in Liberty Tour

Three Culver area Boy Scouts have been working hard towards a life-changing experience, and they’re hoping the community will support them in their efforts.
Jack Campbell (son of Mr. amd Mrs. Jack Campbell II), Alan and Austin Dilts (sons of Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Dilts), and Jeremy Penrod (son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Penrod) have been working hard to raise funds to take part in the Boy Scouts of America’s Liberty Tour of historic sites pertinent to American history in the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia areas this summer, through endeavors such as VFW fish frys, Port-a-Pit chicken barbecues, a Knights of Columbus breakfast; and selling Christmas wreathes since last year in hopes of raising the $550 each boy must pay towards the total $700 cost of the trip (the remainder is paid by the boys’ Scout Troop number 229 of Winamac.
“The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes,” says Ruth Dilts, an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 229, “by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law...the purpose of the trip is to expand our Scouts’ knowledge, learning, and life experiences. (It’s) also to build well-rounded individuals and leaders (who) follow Scout Oath and Law.”
With the exception of one night aboard the USS New Jersey, the Scouts and accompanying adults will sleep in church basements each night along the way, says Dilts, in an effort to make the most of available funds.
“In keeping with the Scout Law,” notes Dilts, “a Scout is thrifty and works to pay his own way.”
One upcoming fund-raiser is a Port-a-Pit barbecue chicken sale on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Napa parking lot on US 35 North in Winamac (one-half a chicken is $5).
“We need to earn money,” says 11-year old Austin, a 2nd Class Boy Scout in the Troop, “by raking yards, helping out at events, mowing yards, picking up sticks, small paint jobs and much, much more.”
He encourages those needing jobs done to call his mother, Ruth, at 574-216-5041, or 574-842-4432, and leave a message.
Those wishing to donate funds towards the effort may do so at the above numbers (checks should be payable to Boy Scout Troop 229). The Troop may be found online at www.bsa229.net.