Collecting scrap metal from local scouts also teaches life lessons
(WKBN) – One person’s garbage is another person’s treasure. Some people just put their items on the sidewalk and let the garbage collector take them away. Today we followed a local group who are ready to do the job in order to earn an award.
Friday was a working afternoon for Lordstown Boy Scout Troop 20. A few members of the group bought a washer and dryer, hot water tank and junk in Austintown from Duane Collins.
“When they arrive, pick it up and take it out for you, it’s as easy as it gets,” Collins said.
The troop began its continuous scrap campaign a few years ago. The money it generates is used to pay for the supplies of troops and the trips that members make.
“Yes, it’s a lot more entertaining and you learn a lot more than selling a chocolate bar or popcorn. You learn a lot more, things that can help you later in life, ”said Boy Scout Colton Hickman.
The beauty and simplicity of the program make it effective. Collins’ dad had used it years ago, so his son remembered it and called to donate.
“It’s easy. Just pick up something, go to the junkyard and get your money back,” Deputy Master Boy Scout Bart Gensburg said.
The troop will also collect items that they can reuse or sell, such as tools. There is also another benefit for boys: some learn to use tools.
“Some business things and also how to work a little with your hands and move things around – organize them and how to sell them sometimes too,” Hickman said.
Friday’s load was worth around $ 100. The program raises about $ 15,000 per year, depending on whether someone wants them to get rid of a large object like a car.
“And we don’t charge. If you have it outside, we’ll come and get it, ”Gensburg said.
“So it’s a good cause and I hope they all learn a good life lesson from it,” said Collins.
When the program began, the troop raised over $ 15,000 for a trip to Florida, where the boys fished and learned about the outdoors.
If you have items to donate, call the Troop at 330-219-1368 to schedule a pickup.