Canastota Community Chest supports Boy Scouts

Next fall the Canastota troop will host the 2009 "Camparee," the first time Canastota's hosted the event in many years, according to Wimmer. It will be held at Oxbow State Park. During a Camparee, troops from each district of the Revolutionary Trails Council gather for contests in knot tying, first-aid and life saving among other competitions.

Another project the Boy Scouts enjoying doing, Wimmer said is the annual food collection for the Opportunity Shop. Last month, the Boy Scouts, along with Cub Scouts placed collection bags on doorknobs and the following week went back and collected food in the pouring rain.

"The weather was terrible but no one complained," Wimmer said. "We collected 1,672 food items."

The scouts also ring the bell for the Salvation Army as part of community service and last year several scouts Christmas caroled at Stonehedge Nursing Home in Chittenango.

Wimmer has been scoutmaster since July and was assistant scoutmaster for three years prior. At one point, he said, Troop 43 was down to seven members. They've added 9 boys and currently have 14 active scouts. Boy Scouts "cross over" from Cub Scouts at the age of 11 or the completion of fifth grade. Many members are lost to other activities, such as sports, and scheduling requires parents and kids to make choices.

In 2010, the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate 100 years.

The Community Chest contributions to the Boy Scouts and many other local non-profit organizations each year. Money collected comes from donations made by businesses and local residents.

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