Boy Scout Troop 145 Provides Assistance to Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad during Hurricane Sandy
Scouts get a chance to learn about Emergency Preparedness first hand and to practice the Scout Motto to "Be Prepared"
Boy Scout Troop 145 provided assistance to the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad (CVES), during preparations for Hurricane Sandy's arrival to New Jersey, by supplying their camping trailer with camping equipment and cooking supplies and utensils.
Since the Red Cross was not placing their Union County regional shelter at the Brewer School/Municipal Complex during this event (as they did during Hurricane Irene), the CVES was reviewing their preparedness plan for providing emergency shelter to Clark residents in the event evacuations were required. It was determined that more cooking equipment would be required than the CVES had on hand for immediate use.
A request was made to Ted McKeown, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 145, on the morning of the Hurricane Sandy's arrival to New Jersey. Scoutmaster McKeown made arrangements for relocation of the Boy Scout Troop's camping trailer to the CVES building. A contingent of Boy Scouts arrived shortly thereafter to unload and stage the equipment in the CVES building for future use during the storm. The Boy Scouts learned a valuable lessons in providing civic assistance and remain in contact with the CVES should additional asisstance be required during the event. A number of boys are working on earning their Emergency Preparedness merit badge and this real life lesson was a perfect complement to their merit badge simulations on how they can lend a hand during times of community need. Their immediately preceeding weekly Troop meeting on Thursday focused on hurricane preparedness.
If you woud like to learn more about becoming a member of the Boy Scout Troop 145, please stop by at the weekly meetings held every Thursday night from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church 559 Raritan Road in Clark, NJ 07066.