OTTUMWA — When you think of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) you may not typically think of barbecue. There’s an exception to that.
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 7 at First Presbyterian Church, local boy scouts from Troop 2, Troop 219 and Pack 2 will host a barbecue and vendor fundraiser in order to raise money for equipment and supplies. Alicia Wilson a leader to Pack Two, a group for K-5, said this is the first barbecue and vendor fundraiser BSA will host.
Wilson said the Ottumwa committee for scouting leaders wanted a fundraiser that was different. Everyone on the committee went through approvals and eventually decided on July 1 to hold a fundraiser. “We were working hard to distribute flyers and advertise as best as we could,” Wilson said. “We wanted something fun for the public to enjoy.”
Attendees can look forward to a barbecue meals such as pulled pork sandwiches, baby back ribs and pulled pork nachos with sides and drinks. Wilson said interested attendees can purchase meal tickets in advance or the day of from either troops or pack or can contact her directly for meal tickets.
Meals aren’t the only thing attendees can look forward to. “There will be a craft and vendor show,” Wilson said. “Local artists will also come to show off their work and a non profit will come to have their dogs demonstrate some tricks.”
Wilson is confident this event will raise a lot of proceeds not only because she said it will be a fun event, but because of the meaning behind the fundraiser. “It’s an amazing organization teaching independence and leadership,” she said, “It shows them a way of life by making good kids into good adults and supporting the community.”
As the fundraiser gets closer, Wilson also looks forward to two things: community engagement and BSA awareness.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and making connections,” she said. “The more the BSA groups set out into the communities doing this — the more it will shed good light. There’s been some negativity in the past with BSA, so having this fundraiser will be great to say ‘there are good things about this program like teaching skills leaders do.’ Please come support them and continue to support their scouting experience.”
(Interested attendees have the option of purchasing meal tickets in advance from Troop 2, Troop 219 and Pack Two or contacting Alicia Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at (641) 226-7627)