“Be prepared” is the scout motto. Friends of Troop 26, a 501(C)(3) non-profit charitable organization, was prepared in every way to help out this year. Friends of Troop 26 is wholly created to support the Scouts and the Scouting program of Troop 26. We were able to fundraise with the help of both current and former members of our Troop. Our donors this year were a mixed group of past Eagle Scouts, current Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, families of Eagle Scouts and parents of young Scouts working through the ranks. All contributed to the success of our fundraising.
Usually, the monies would go to providing scholarships but since many activities were cancelled, funds were used in other important areas. New tents, stoves and water filters were needed to keep our Scouts warm and fed on our annual Sierra backpacking trip. With current restrictions in place, only one scout per tent was allowed, thereby doubling the numbers of tents required. Because of the generous donation of one scout family, we were able to buy gear required to keep our scouts safe on the trail. All important safety and health guidelines were followed on the trip to the Sierras. Everyone came home from the trek tired but healthy.
While Philmont was cancelled for the troop in the summer of 2020, we are sending scouts to the Northern Tier in June of 2021, and FOT26 is providing a couple of scholarships to make sure no scout misses a trip of a lifetime.
We could use your support. All the administration and legal fees of our charity are donated pro bono to Friends of Troop 26 by Michael Schley of Schley Look Guthrie & Locker LLP Attorneys at Law. We are able to put close to 100% of donations directly into supporting the Troop and Scouts who need extra financial help to participate in troop activities. Please consider making a donation to Friends of Troop 26. If you have any questions please contact Jyll Doubleday at [email protected]
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