On Friday Sept. 10, the Dawson County Lions Club donated a new enclosed trailer worth about $5000 to the recently formed Boy Scout Troop 233.
According to Lions Club president Marty Horne, local scout leader Marv Englert approached the Lions Club on the possibility of buying the trailer for the troop after the families involved with Cub Scout Pack 233 requested the formation of a Boy Scout Troop 233, enabling the families to remain together even when they have scouts in both the pack and the troop.
“Marv Englert had a cub scout pack and then the parents when their kids got old enough to be boy scouts they wanted to continue to stay together, so they created a troop for them so you’ve got Pack 233 which has been here and then Troop 233 which is new,” Horne said. “Every troop needs a trailer cause of all the camping gear and all that so that’s really how we came into it.”
Horne said that the Lions Club approved the request unanimously and donated $4,986.20 to Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, the organizer and sponsor for the both the pack and the troop, for the purchase of a new 2022 Continental Cargo 6 XX 12 enclosed trailer.
In a presentation at Bethel United Methodist Church, which provides the scouts with meeting facilities, members of the Lions Club presented Englert and the scouts in the new troop with the trailer, as well as Lions Club decals to place on it, as the scouts’ parents and the members of the cub scout pack watched.
“The scouts of Troop 233 and their families greatly appreciate the generosity and support of the Dawson County Lions Club,” Englert said to the Lions Club members during the presentation. “Your donation of an enclosed trailer, the most costly item a troop uses to store and transport equipment and supplies, provides us with a tremendous head start as we begin our scouting journey.”
Dagny Brogdon, mother of two of the cub scouts in Pack 233, said that she herself grew up in scouting and her brothers were Eagle Scouts. Because of this, Brogdon said that she knows personally what an important opportunity having the trailer can provide to the scouting troop.
“It’s great to have the resources and the support because these guys need to learn all of that; it is overwhelming to be able to have all of that support,” Brogdon said. “I think it’s great to have a community that supports this program.”
Brogdon added that having the trailer donated to the troop is incredibly helpful because it has allowed the scouts to focus on learning rather than fundraising, and because it allows the younger scouts like her sons to see the importance of community involvement.
“It’s great and it’s made it so that we’re not constantly having to do fundraisers, and having the ability for them at this age to be able to come and participate and learn outside of the classroom is great,” Brogdon said. “As a parent, I’m so grateful for Marv and for the other leaders; having people gather and lead and to be able to find the resources in our community has been great — we look forward to it growing and them being able to go into scouts all the way through.”
Don Cargill, member of the Lions Club, said donating the trailer was a no-brainer because investing in the next generation is a core value that he and the other members of the club hold most important.
"We believe in the young people of Dawson County,” Cargill said. “We’re just delighted we could do it; it’s one of the most important things we do to support the young people in Dawson County.”