Boy Scouts of America

Troop 282

Blue Elk District • Heart of America Council, BSA

A Chartered Organization of Trinity Episcopal Church


Archive for the ‘Community Service’ Category

January 6th, 2016

Fairmount Food Pantry Giving Back

The boys in Troop 282 helped the Fairmount Food pantry with their annual food drive, which provided close to 200 families with a nice dinner over the holidays. There was many boys from troop 282 but also many younger boys from the Cub Scout troop that they mentor. We packed around 200 boxes in just 30 to 45 minutes. I believe the food drive was a success due to all the help that the scout gave. 
After the Boy Scouts and Cubs finished packing the boxes, they headed over to Trinity episcopal church to have their lock-in where all the boys stayed and played games all night. Few of the boys stayed up to 5 o’clock in the morning but most fell asleep by 2. All the boys had fun and got to experience giving back to the community and having fun afterwards.

December 14th, 2015

Helping Out at the Vaile Mansion

We helped the people at vail mansion bring down the Christmas decorations for Christmas then after we had candy and treats after we carried everything down from the 3rd floor. We do this to help the volunteers with bringing the Christmas decorations up from the basement so they can set up all the great decorations for their Christmas tours.

December 20th, 2014

Help for the Holidays 2014

By Dillon England

Every year, Troop 282 in association with Fairmount Christian Church helps to gather and distribute food for the holidays. It’s a process of multiple weeks, and various stages. Many gather to help families in need. The whole food drive every year is always a success. The amount of food that is donated is always appreciated. It’s truly amazing to see how many households throughout the community are willing to assist us in our cause.

We always start by mass-delivering fliers with lists of items that can be donated.  This doesn’t take too long, maybe part of day. It spreads the opportunity to help the community to everyone that wishes to. The next week, we go and collect the food from the people that donate. This too is a hopeful task as it is great to go through neighborhoods and see all of those who give what they might think is only a small donation, but in reality goes toward a greater cause. We transport all of this food back to wherever it may be stored that year. The numbers on the food items definitely adds up.


After the collection is all said and done, the food has to be sorted. We Many Troop Members Donating Food and Timeorganize all of the items based on what kind of item they are. Many help behind the scenes organizing all of the food and packing the food boxes. While it’s important to have a lot of boys to do some heavy-lifting, it’s also vital to have dedicated adults to keep everything organized and on-task.

All in all the food drive helps many families within the community. Our efforts help to feed families not only during the holidays, but in the times after as well. Our contact at Fairmount and a leader of Troop 282, Mr. McLeod, says that he truly appreciates the help of everyone with this caring task. This group effort is always a spectacular show of how when you work together, even a small role can make a tremendous difference in the bigger picture.


August 26th, 2014

Troop 282 Ice Bucket Challenge

Troop Ice Bucket Challenge

By Ben Wyatt

Well, our whole troop did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last night. I unfortunately didn’t get to participate in it, but I did get some good videos of it. We challenged all other Blue Elk District troops to do it, and I hope they all do it. I could tell it was fun for the scouts that did it, it sure seemed that way on the videos.



May 14th, 2014

Eagle Projects Count


By Mark Mangels

In the last couple of weeks, Troop 282 has had some Eagle Projects completed. Garth Hendren completed the new and improved horseshoe sand pits at George Owens, Matt Copeland upgraded and enlarged the courtyard area at Proctor Elementary School with new concrete pads and tables. Finally, this past weekend a new block sidewalk was constructed at Trinity Episcopal Church thanks to Garrett Morris’ Eagle Project.

As I watched these projects progress under the leadership of the Eagle Scout Candidate and the labor of scouts and adult volunteers I was curious about how many projects take place annually in the United States. When I earned my Eagle, we put in service hours. Eagle Projects now require much more. Leadership and Brain Power are required to accomplish these projects.

As for 2012, there were 57,976 Eagle Projects completed, and I’ll let you figure out the hours of service generated from those projects. Good Luck!


November 9th, 2013

Passing Out Food Bags

By Garrett Morris

A few weekends ago, Me, Dillon, Grant, and Ben went to Pass out food bags. I actually thought it was a lot of fun, given that it was really cold at first, but it gradually got warmer. We passed out a total of 600 bags, us four.

We finished at around 11:30 and went to 7/11 to get some corn dogs and soda, I really liked it a lot. I’m glad that I got to have this amazing Experience with my Blood Brother, and here’s to many more! 

January 19th, 2012

Helping out at the Vaile Mansion

By: Mr. Gentry

On Saturday, January 14th Troop 282 Scouts and their families met at the Vaile Mansion to help move all the holiday decorations back up to the 3rd floor storage. They moved furniture, boxes, tubs, miscellaneous containers, and many Christmas Trees. In November the boys and their families had brought down all the Christmas decorations so that volunteers could decorate the historic Vaile Mansion for the Christmas Holiday.

The boys and their families did a great job of working together to get the job done. Afterwards they were treated with orange juice, cookies, donuts, cake, and other tasty snacks. Yum!

(See more pictures about this service project in the 2012 Troop 282 Photo Collection.)

December 6th, 2011

9th Annual Food Drive

By Scott Howell

Troop 282 would like to thank all the scouts, leaders, dads, moms, sisters, bothers, grandparents and friends who came out on the two Saturdays to pass out the 10,000 food bags and to collect the food bags. We would also like to thank those members of Trinity Episcopal Church and Troop members who brought in food. Once again the troop broke our goal of 35,000 food items by collecting 37,100 food items. Great job everyone and How How!!! This great community service project to help other people is a very worth while project and it could not be done with out all of your help and support.

Fairmount Pantry is very excited and pleased with all the food the troop brought to them on December 5 to help all those families this Christmas who are in need to see that they have a Christmas dinner to remember. As Christmas is the time for giving and sharing. Mac said he should not have to purchase one can good again this year for the pantry until November 2012.

Troop 282 Scouts and Leaders have set the bar high as they always do. Who knows where the troop will go next year with this project. Let’s hope that the demands for food at the food pantries through out the community are not as high in 2012 as it is in 2011. If it is Troop 282 will be up to the challenge as we always are to fill the shelves.

What a great way to live up to a part of the Scout Oath by "Helping Other People".

(Go check out more pictures from the 9th Annual Food Drive in the Troop 282 Photo Collection.)

November 4th, 2011

Vaile Mansion Service Project 2011

Troop 282 would like to thank the boys and families who helped bring down all the Christmas decorations from the 3rd floor at the Vaile Mansion on Monday, October 31st. With all the great help this year, we completed the service project in record time.

The Mansion will abound in ruffles and flourishes with touches of fabric, lace, ribbons, velvet, feathers, seashells, and greenery in a masterpiece that will be a "Whimsical Victorian Christmas." Be sure to visit the Vaile Mansion’s "Whimsical Victorian Christmas" Nov. 25-Dec. 30, 2011 (Closed Dec.23-25). For more information go to the Vaile Mansion website at

September 18th, 2011

Parking Cars 2011

By Scott Howell

First, let me say a big thank you to everyone who worked the parking lot over Labor Day weekend.

Yes, Mr. Norton did it again he parked a party bus this year in the parking lot on Saturday evening. Mr. Norton and Mr. Gentry were very proud of themselves on doing this. We didn’t hear the end of it all weekend. They both were hoping for a eighteen wheeler to park next. All’s Mr. Norton could say after this was bring it on I can park anything.

The parking lots ran very smooth but were a little slow on Friday Sept. 2 due to 103 degree temperatures all day, on Saturday we made it through some very heavy rain storms, on Sunday and Monday business was a little better but the cars stayed around as the weather was great for walking around Santa-Cal-Gona.

All in all I think everyone who worked had a good time.

Scouts, Leaders and families mark down August 31, Sept. 1, 2 and 3 2012 down as this is when we will be parking cars again.