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|Scouts hope people come hungry to Friday fundraiser|
Amber Quates knows firsthand the positive impact Boy Scouts of America has on young men because she's watched her son and his troop grow into caring members of their community.
That's why whenever she can promote the Boy Scouts, she will do whatever is needed in that regard.
"The Boy Scouts is a fantastic organization," Quates said. "They have helped some guys who may have been going down the wrong path. Boy Scouts lets them see the positives of helping others and doing the right thing even when people are not looking."
"We need to make sure we encourage these boys by giving them our support," Quates continued. "The Boy Scouts teaches them about nature and the world around them, but it also teaches them to interact well with others to make things better for everybody. I encourage parents to get their boys involved with this organization because it will pay big dividends."
"I know it has for my son," Quates added.
This Friday, Quates will be in charge of cooking 500 plates of jambalaya for a fundraiser for her son's Boy Scout troop.
The sale will be held 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, located at 513 Lincoln Road in Monroe.
"We hope people come hungry … we really need the support," Quates said. "They're going to help me with the cooking and look to earn their cooking merit badges."
"I'm really wondering how that will go," Quates said as she laughed at the thought of the boys cooking.
Over the weekend, Scouts from Troop 8031 washed cars all day Saturday and raised $200.
The troop is conducting the fundraisers to help pay for field trips to various places, such as Grand Isle for a fishing excursion.
The boys were scheduled to travel to Grand Isle last month for a fishing trip, but the event was cancelled because the troop leaders didn't have enough money for gasoline.
"These fundraisers are for our summer camps," Quates explained. "Part of the Boy Scouts creed is for boys to become self-sufficient. These fundraisers will give them the chance to see what parents have to do to support the household, and give them the thrill on earning their own way.
"Our boys are excited about the Scouts and they want to do everything they can to make sure their troop is successful. We have lived all over and participated in numerous troops, and this troop has been the most active I've ever been involved in."
Troop 831 meets every Monday and also participates in monthly camping trips, among other activities.
The troop also has a number of boys who would like to attend next year's national jamboree in Virginia where the Boy Scouts will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization.
"That's a once in a lifetime event, and several of our boys want to go," Quates said. "They will have all kinds of special events to commemorate the anniversary and some of our boys don't want to miss that, but it will cost about $1,900 to send them for two weeks."
She said the troop plans to conduct several more fundraisers during the summer to help raise money for this trip.