Boy Scouts in Troop 63, with the assistance from Troop 907 and Venture Crew 913, have achieved their goal for the 5th consecutive year! This year, 2500 pounds of food and toiletries were collected. All non-expired donations are given to Woodbridge Human Services to fill its pantry and allow them to provide nourishment and toiletries to families in our Town through the Holiday season and into the new year. Ben Inclima, Scouting For Food Chair, has consistently set a higher goal each year after consulting with Human Services concerning its annual needs. “The Town of Woodbridge has been very instrumental in the success of the program by making the 4,000 flyers for us and paying for the copy paper. This donation allows us to ensure that every residence receives a flyer.”, stated Ben Inclima. Ben has chaired the program for the last 5 years, starting when he was a 7th grader at AMSB, to ensure that the program continues as the most successful food drive for our Town’s Human Services department.
The Scouts, with their parents’ assistance, work to distribute 200+ flyers per Boy Scout and then commit to drive along their assigned routes to pick up all the food and toiletry donations left bagged near residences’ mailboxes. This requires each Scout to commit to allocating 2 consecutive weekends for the Drive. Each year, Ben stated that he tries to streamline the program to ensure easier participation from his fellow Scouts. “This is just one community service event that my fellow Scouts assist with so I want to ensure that this is successful, but isn’t too time consuming to diminish participation.” The Scouts collected all sorts of food items this year, in addition to toiletry items and paper goods. “Please remember that Human Services will accept any donation of usable food and toiletry items anytime throughout the year, not just during our Drive. My fellow Scouts and I are quite pleased that we can make a difference for the families in town that have these needs. This is the main reason that we embrace this food drive for our Town.”
Boy Scout Troop 63, founded in 1963, is one of the oldest Troops in the Connecticut Yankee Council. The Troop’s Scoutmaster, John Turski, states that the Troop’s objective is to bring scouting to boys in the Woodbridge, Bethany, and surrounding communities. The troop is known as the “outdoor troop” and is active all year. Outings include all types of camping, hiking, backpacking, skiing, canoe trips, white water rafting, as well as cultural events such as visits to historical parks, monuments, and much more. The Troop also actively participates in many community service projects throughout the year.