Scouts brave cold, wet weather for a cause

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Faith Bemiss/Democrat

Phillip Ream grabs some tape from Allison Eppenauer while placing signs around the parameter of the north Walmart parking lot for Boy Scout Troop 54 during their seventh annual Cardboard Campout. The troop began preparations for spending the night in cardboard boxes Friday night during a drizzling rain and dropping temperatures. The troop plans to collect donations of canned and paper goods for the Community Cafe, and will remain in their cardboard community until 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Faith Bemiss/Democrat

To keep the dampness at bay, scout Paul Reinkemeyer manhandles his large cardboard pieces, placing them on a plastic sheet to build his tent. “I don’t want to be sleeping on a wet box,” he said smiling.

Faith Bemiss/Democrat

Boy scout Marshall Noble stands beside his dad, Scott Noble, while fellow scout Jacob Musgrave checks out the interior of their cardboard tent. Boy scout Alex Eppenauer, who is in charge of Troop 54’s Cardboard Campout project, said last year the troop raised $600 and brought in approximately 600 pounds of food for the Community Cafe. Eppenauer began the project when he was 11-years-old, seven years ago.



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