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Car Show: 4th Annual Special Needs Boy Scout Troop Car Show

4th Annual Special Needs Boy Scout Troop Car Show

Warren, MI
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Photos by: Victoria Jablonski

This was our 4th Annual Car Show. We put this together as a fundraiser to help with the cost to send our scouts to summer camp, weekend campouts and to provide uniforms and other needed items for our troop. The City of Warren, MI provides us with the grounds to have the show and we have many generous sponsors which provide us with gifts and items for our goody bags for the participants. Some of which are Classic Instrument (Boyne City, MI); Kwik Wire ( Saint Wire & Cable Co) Fond Du Lac, WI; PPG Paint; Eagle One; Mothers Wax; JEGS; Haggerty and many local businesses.
 
We have approximately  70 to 80 vehicles at our event which as you can see are of many makes and models. They have been part of our show since we started four years ago and enjoy the friendships that they have made throughout the years. There are couple of local Car Clubs which support our troop at the show which include the Easy Rodders of Michigan; Bearing Burners and Steelmasters.
 
The spectator count this year was over 300 people and they are asked to vote for a vehicle at the show.  It is very interesting when counting the ballots to see that with the many different people coming into the gates most pick the same vehicle.
 
Approximately half of our scouts come from group homes and are on a fixed budget and can not afford to pay the cost to go to summer camp for a week so this fundraiser along with two others help to defer some of the cost.
 
Troop History
Originally chartered in 1979, Troop 390 is the first and oldest Boy Scout troop in the Great Lakes Council which serves special needs young men.  Although older than the usual age for Boy Scout membership, our scouts benefit in many ways from the personal growth opportunities of this special Boy Scout program and typically remain in it for many years. 

Today, Troop 390 enrollment numbers approximately 21 scouts. The scouts attend weekly meetings, special outings, have two service projects for the community  and attend yearly summer camp. It is led by over one dozen volunteer leaders, at least half of whom are trained Assistant Scoutmasters, and supported and guided by the volunteer Troop Committee.  In keeping with the 100-year tradition of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 390 will strive to continue providing an affordable and unique family-oriented program for a large group of developmentally challenged men.

 


 

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