This release was submitted by the Troop 145 Moms Club.
Clark Boy Scout Troop 145 was the main beneficiary of the “Trick or Treat” Tricky Tray fundraiser that Troop 145 Moms Club held at Arthur L. Johnson High School on Saturday, October 6. Over 225 guests attended and took their chances on winning more than 300 prizes. This is the second annual tricky tray that the Moms Club founders and chairs, Patty Shaughnessy, Gina Prussack and Chris Giamella, have organized and run for the troop. Other scout parents also pitched in by helping with prize donations, wrapping baskets, set up, etc.
Beautifully wrapped gift baskets of several different prize value levels lined table after table in the high school cafeteria, and guests brought snacks and soft drinks to enjoy with friends as they socialized and cheered each other on to win their favorite baskets. Grand prizes included a flat screen TV, iPad, a barbeque grill package, Visa Gift Cards and a cash 50/50. The atmosphere was festive and one of hopeful excitement as the numbers were called off one by one by volunteers Brian Young and Joe Giamella. Older scouts from the troop helped with setup, cleanup and running prizes to the winners.
Rather than just raise money for its own troop, Troop 145 also found a way to build into the event a give-back to the community with a spirit of volunteerism and charity. Guests who brought two nonperishable food items to donate to the Zion Lutheran Church’s food pantry received tickets to a special prize drawing. This is an example of how Troop 145 lives up to the Boy Scout Oath, always looking for ways to help others in need. These lessons in charity help the scouts build character, appreciate what they have and become compassionate, honorable adults. Scouts volunteered their time to man the food donation table and help transport the food to Zion Lutheran Church after the tricky tray.
Clark Boy Scout Troop 145 is a very active Boy Scout troop with scouts ranging in age from 5th grade through high school. It is a very busy troop, scheduling weekend camping trips monthly from September through June. Highlights of past years have included camping at historic Gettysburg, PA and Antietam, VA; deep sea fishing excursions; stream fishing; and high adventure trips which have included sailing and backpacking out west. The troop also encourages its scouts to attend a weeklong Boy Scout Camp program each July where they earn badges in archery, rock climbing, carving, environmental preservation, family life, civics, gun safety and much more. The troop is now considering a high adventure trip for the older scouts to Alaska.
Because of their frequent camping experiences, educational and adventurous outings, and their sincere spirit of volunteerism, Troop 145 retains many more scouts than other troops and has a very high number of scouts who achieve scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, by their 18th birthdays. Scouts enter the troop as young boys, and leave as honorable, well rounded young men.
Funds raised at this tricky tray will help cover the costs of running the troop, scout awards, equipment and will defray some of the travel and food expenses for the boys. Troop 145 Moms’ Club chairwomen wish to thank all who donated or helped in any way to make this fundraiser a success.