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Scouts uniforms being collected

Published 2:41 pm, Monday, September 23, 2013
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A drive to collect gently used Cub Scout and Boy Scout uniforms is underway through Oct. 5.

Uniforms may be dropped off at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., or may be given to any member or leader of Boy Scout Troop 70. The drive is organized by Boy Scouts and leaders from Troop 70 with assistance from other New Canaan Scout units. Troop 70 is sponsored by St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan.

The drive hopes to collect enough uniforms to outfit scouting units in low-income areas of Bridgeport. Any additional uniforms collected will be stored at the Connecticut Yankee Council's offices in Milford and will be shared with low-income scout families on an as-needed basis.

All parts of the Cub Scout and Boy Scout uniform are being accepted, including shirts, hats, neckerchiefs and slides, shorts/pants and belts.

Urban Scouting is a national initiative of the Boy Scouts of America that seeks to bring the scouting program to the inner-city. The Connecticut Yankee Council serves more than 25,000 Scouts across Fairfield and New Haven counties. Currently, 145 Cub and Boy Scouts participate in Urban Scouting programs across nine schools in Bridgeport.

Residents who don't have a Scout uniform but would like to help with the drive may send checks, payable to "BSA Troop 70 Uniform Drive," to Michael Reeves, 81 Rilling Ridge, New Canaan CT 06840.

For information, contact Reeves at 203-621-4771 or michael.reeves@alumni.duke.edu.