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Local Boy Scout Troop Gears Up For Overseas Adventure

A local Boy Scout troop is gearing up for the trip of a lifetime. Boy Scout Troop 14 of Washington Mills is hard at work raising money for a nine-day trip to Germany this summer. There are 17 scouts signed up plus some chaperones and that makes for a pricey adventure.
A local Boy Scout troop is gearing up for the trip of a lifetime. Boy Scout Troop 14 of Washington Mills is hard at work raising money for a nine-day trip to Germany this summer. There are 17 scouts signed up plus some chaperones and that makes for a pricey adventure.
The trip is costing Troop 14 roughly 40 thousand dollars. Of course, some money will come out of pocket for the Scouts but the troop is using a new fundraising tool and so far, so good.
On August 24th 17 local boy scouts will fly from New York City to Germany on a quest for their “Citizenship in the World” badge and the cultural experience of a lifetime. In addition to hot dog sales and a Boilermaker cleanup, Troop 14 is turning to a unique virtual fundraising strategy, Kickstarter.com.
"Kickstarter covers a wide gammon of things and what they encourage you to do as a project creator is you define certain levels of contributions, pledges,” said John Ivory.
Ivory is the Assistant Troop Leader and project creator for the Kickstarter page. He set the funding goal at 45 hundred dollars and as of today his troop has gotten over six thousand dollars in donations.
"Donations from California, South Carolina, the DC area, Washington and such but a lot of it has been Troop 14 alumni and their families, what we're looking for now is to maybe get a little more local support,” says Ivory.
If you check out Troop 14's Kickstarter web page you'll see there's still 10 days left to make a pledge. Ivory also describes plans to make a 40 minute documentary of the troop's trip to Germany so everyone can see what a tremendous cultural experience it'll be for his scouts.
"To see another culture, to maybe see things from another perspective,” says Ivory.
"I just want to get over there and see different things, I want to see how other people live,” says Boy Scout Josiah Abbadessa.
"To bring back some great memories and great stuff for my parents to see, and some great food,” says Gage, another Troop 14 Scout.
"I expect to learn the culture of Germany and just have a great time hiking mountains, going around talking to people and learning a language,” says Boy Scout Jared Bedell.
The trip is set for August 24th to September 2nd.
Check out the link to Troop 14’s Kickstarter page here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/520099699/there-and-back-again-a-boy-scout-documentary

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