Five Boy Scouts from Troop 341 got a little closer to attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree this spring thanks to a $1,500 donation from Christ Church Women.
Club President Candy Gilb said they were so impressed with the boys after they visited the women's group that the women unanimously decided to donate a portion of their proceeds from their Martha's Market Christmas Boutique to the five scouts. The boutique is held every December and proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations and special projects.
The boys need to raise $3,000 each to attend the jamboree. The trip will begin July 9 when they fly from San Francisco to Philadelphia. They will tour historic sites in Philadelphia, visit Valley Forge and Gettysburg, and tour Washington, D. C. Then, from July 15-24, they will attend The Summit for the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. At the jamboree, the scouts will participate in physically demanding activities such as climbing, rafting, rapelling and mountain biking.
In addition to the $1,500 donation to the boy scouts, Christ Church Women also shared 2012 boutique proceeds with Helping Hands, Manna House, Oakhurst Senior Center, SPCA Oakhurst, and Toys for Tots.
"We want to thank the community for shopping at our boutique each year, their continuing support makes all this possible," Gilb said.
The Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis are also doing what they can to help the Scouts attend the jamboree. They will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. Sunday, March 10 at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B to benefit the scouts attending the jamboree. Tickets for adults cost $6 and tickets for children 12 years old and under cost $3. Tickets are available at Oakhurst Physical Therapy, 39930 Sierra Way in Oakhurst.