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South Brunswick Scouts Ready to Spread Holiday Cheer

South Brunswick's Boy Scout Troop 90 holding annual fund raising drive to provide for their year-round activities.

Lost in the havoc of Hurricane Sandy is the fact that strangely enough, the holiday season is upon us (unless you count some stores putting out Christmas decorations in September as the holiday season).

But with Christmas a little over a month away, South Brunswick's Boy Scouts are getting ready for the holidays with one of their major yearly fund raising drives. South Brunswick-based Central Jersey Boy Scout Troop 90 is beginning their annual holiday wreath sale to bring cheer for the upcoming season. Each wreath is hand assembled by Troop 90 scouts and family members.

"This helps to raise funds for our scouting trips where the boys go through and learn about the achievements they have to make to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout," said Troop 90 Committee Member Rich Berg. "This helps us go on extended camping trips over the summer, helps us to run the troop and helps pay for merit badges and stuff like that for the uniform."

The annual holiday fundraiser also develops skilles the young Scouts need to prepare them for the difficult path to becoming an Eagle Scout, which requires extensive fund raising for a public service project.

Since 1910, an estimated 2 percent of Boy Scouts have gone on to attain the rank of Eagle, Berg said. But in the 50-year history of Troop 90, a total of 75 Scouts earned the Eagle rank.

"The goal of the Boy Scouts, including Troop 90, is to train youths in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations," Berg noted. "For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to inculcate typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking."

To order your holiday wreath and to help Troop 90 raise money for their programing, visit the link below:

http://mytroop90.org/wreaths/

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