200 Boy Scouts Aid Charley Victims


200 Boy Scouts Aid Charley Victims

On Saturday morning, August 21st, at 5 A.M. over 200 Boy Scouts in Palm Beach County departed from Boca Raton's Town Center Mall for Florida's devastated west to provide disaster relief services for the victims of Hurricane Charley. Boys and adults from nine troops drove 16 vehicles, including five trucks loaded with food and supplies to Arcadia to serve three meals to those left homeless by the storm.

The Boy Scout relief effort, organized by Tom Ehrbar II, a Boca Raton businessman and longtime Scouting supporter, carried contributions of food from Wholesum Bread, Johnsonville Bratwurst, Cheney Bros. Foods, and other local vendors to the Arcadia disaster area. The Boy Scouts served 1,000 breakfasts, 1,500 lunches, and over 1,500 dinners to the beleaguered residents of Arcadia. The Scouts also carried personal care items for distribution.

Once in Arcadia, the Boy Scouts assisted the local disaster relief personnel in whatever tasks needed attention: assisting in construction of temporary housing, providing logistical support, or communications, states Eagle Scout Thomas Ehrbar III, son of the project organizer. Weyerhouser has donated lumber supplies for that effort.

The Scouts kicked off Good Turn for America, a nationwide program of community service provided by the Boy Scouts for the communities they serve. Hurricane Charley arrived in Florida on the eve of that program kickoff.