Scouts still to go camping after robbery
PRAIRIEVILLE- Boy Scout Troop 67 will have to go camping this weekend without any gear. Earlier in the week, thieves made off with the troop's travel trailer full of their equipment.
"I'm kind of frustrated and angry that someone would do such an inconsiderate thing," said Scout Matthew Norris. The boys were preparing for a three day canoe trip on the Okatoma River in Mississippi.
The trailer was parked at New Park Methodist Church in Prairieville when it was last seen Sunday night. Inside was cooking equipment, ice chests, 15 tents, and an American flag with sentimental value attached.
"The flag we fly at camp-outs and it definitely has a connection to our military and it was donated by a veteran," said Scoutmaster Roger Dunn.
The three day trip has been shortened to just one night of camping, and the scouts are disappointed.
"One of the requirements that I'm trying to finish for the camping merit badge was to set up a camp site with tents and go on that canoeing trip, and now we can't really do that," said Norris.
Troop leaders say parents have provided some camping gear for the trip. However, the scouts will be packing sandwiches instead of experiencing the joy of cooking outside in the Great Outdoors.
Scouts say they will have to do a lot of fund raising to replace the thousands of dollars in stolen gear.