What is Thrash-a-Thon?
The boys are trying to raise money for the Troops extensive activities for the year round, including many service projects throughout the year, summer camp in the high Sierras, as well as a 7 day canoe paddle through the Atchafalaya swamps in Louisiana.
Rather than selling cookies or popcorn or something that does not relate to our troop's mission, we are asking for sponsorships to help us to keep improving our public lands and help the boys experience more of what the outdoors have to offer.
Scout have pledge at least 4 hours of service during the month of March (in addition to many other service projects throughout the year). One of our main objectives at this time is removing an invasive plant called Tamarisk that is very difficult to removed, and draws a lot of precious water out of the ecosystem starving other local natives for resources. Removing a tamarisk bush from Harmon Canyon waterways takes on average 4 scouts at least one hour to remove its rootball, gather all leaves/droppings so it does not germinate further. These are not small tasks and there are hundreds left in this canyon. Other service includes clearing trail of mustard grass, sawyering downed trees to clear trails, cutting rainbars to help prevent erosion, and any other activities that the Ventura Land Trust or other land management agencies ask of us.
Our suggested sponsorships are as follows, but please give as you are able. All sponsorships are appreciated! 10 - Clear 25 feet of Mustard Grass from the Trail
$25 - Sawyer a fallen tree from the trail
$50 - Cut a Rain bar
$100 - Remove a Tamarisk
For every dollar collected: 65% will go to the Scout directly, 30% will go to the Troop general funds, 5% will go to the Scout Council.
We want to both raise money for the Troop general fund and to give an opportunity for scouts to be able to pay their own way. Scouting should not be exclusionary based on costs. Scouting gear and camps get expensive, and we want to help offset that cost. Also, by getting our name and image out into the community, we want to show what an amazing program and troop this is, and how your Scout is helping the community.
January 9 – February 1 Solicit donations.
March (various dates TBD) – Perform service work.
Scouts will be seeking sponsorships at various store fronts in Ventura, and will perform their pledged service hours during the month of March.
Awesome! How do I donate?
Either come find us at the store fronts, or click here - http://troop-111-ventura.square.site/