|Troop 66 Scouts honored for fundraising car wash
Source: Tisha Johnson
Troop 66 Scouts honored for fundraising car wash
The Fort Leavenworth Lamp
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tisha Johnson | Staff Writer
On June 11 storms in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota spawned 28 tornadoes. One of the tornadoes hit the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa, killing four and injuring 48. The 96 boys and 25 youth and adult staff members at the camp had been attending the National Youth Leadership Training.
The next day Brion Bircher, senior patrol leader of Fort Leavenworth's Boy Scout Troop 66, watched the devastation on the news with his family and decided to do something to help.
Bircher said he knew there wasn't anything he could do for those who lost their lives, but he could help put the ranch back together.
"A car wash sounded perfect, so we set the date and everything just kind of fell into place," Bircher said.
The car wash on June 21 raised $1,074 that will be given to the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which covers Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
During a ceremony July 2, Fort Leavenworth and Combined Arms Center Commander Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV recognized the Scouts for coming to the aid of their brothers. Caldwell presented the troop with a Certificate of Appreciation and gave each Scout a commander's coin. Caldwell said it was impressive that the Scouts came up with the idea of a fundraiser for the camp and that it was an incredible gift.
"Thanks for what you did - to reach out and touch other Scouts across America," Caldwell said.
Bircher said the four-hour fundraiser had a lot of support. He said the turnout for the car wash was impressive and donations just kept coming in. Some of the Scouts who were washing cars had just returned that morning from a camping trip, Bircher said.
"I just want to thank everyone for pulling together, and it's really going to a great cause," Bircher said. "They are just regular Scouts who had this devastation happen to them and I'm just hoping we can make a difference."
Caption for Photo: Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth Commander Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV presents his coin to members of Boy Scout Troop 66, including senior patrol leader Brion Bircher, July 2 in Grant Auditorium. The Scouts were recognized for raising $1,074 to help restore Little Sioux Scout Ranch. The Scout camp, in Little Sioux, Iowa, was virtually destroyed by a tornado June 11. Four Scouts were killed and more than 40 people were injured when the tornado struck. Lamp photo by Prudence Siebert.