Fundraising Teaches Life Skills to NY Boy Scout Troop

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 07/04 2014 07:18PM

Updated 07/04 2014 07:21PM

PLATTSBURGH, Ny. - While many people were enjoying the festivities in Plattsburgh some were of course working and learning at the same time.

"If you want to have fun, you have to have hard work,” said Andrew Banker, a Boy Scout with Troop

The Boy Scouts of Troop 49 were hard at work on Independence Day.

"We raise money to go camping and like we raised money here to go to D.C. once and we did it again to go to Gettysburg as well,” said Banker.

Along with their families the scouts manned this booth in Plattsburgh Friday during the Fourth of July festivities. The boys earn money by selling novelty items such as swords and hats.

“So we like to see all the hats light up and we like to see people look at them and be amazed by them,” said Banker.

But the boys say the biggest hit of the day was the cotton candy!

"As soon as we started the cotton candy, that line grew really, really big," said Banker.

Scout leaders say a fundraiser like this is an opportunity for the boys to give back to the community; as well as learn the importance of good socialization skills as they interact with the public.

"They are learning about employment, if you promise to be somewhere or to do something you've got to keep that promise. That's what scouting is about; it's service to the community and the nation itself," said Tom Gwinn, the Chapter Representative for Troop 49.
This is one of two main yearly fundraisers for the troop and the money helps the boys fund their trips for the year. The boys don't know where their big summer trip will be this year, but the money they raise will go to fund it.

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