Had enough corn beef and cabbage? That's just fine, because East Hampton Boy Scout Troop 298 will be and all the fixings at a dinner to raise money for to go to summer camp at the in Amagansett on Sunday.
The spaghetti dinner, which will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m., hopes to raise enough money to send all scouts in the troop to an adventure camp for one week this summer with no cost to the boys or their families.
At the camp, the boys learn archery, orienteering, rifle shooting, lifesaving, wilderness survival, first aid, camping, swimming, astronomy, woodworking, and bird study merit badges, not to mention they have a lot of fun.
Last summer, the troop went to Camp Keowa, Ten Mile River Scout Camp, in New York. This year, the group, which has about 25 registered members, are off to Hawk Mountain Scout Camp in Pennsylvania for a week.
"Our troop strives to get the boys out into the great outdoors for camping, hiking, biking, stargazing, etc., at least once per month," said Mary McPartland, a mother of a scout and one of the spaghetti dinner organizers.
The troop, led by Scoutmaster Paul Casciotta, are a hard working group that have raised $5,000 for over the past two years. Along with the adults that help organize them, the boys have contributed 500 man hours to the Wounded Warrior Paroject, in support of the ride, by placing markers, manning water stations and distributing water along the route from Sag Harbor to Montauk.
Also, they have served breakfast at the legion on the morning of the ride to about 30 soldiers. "We've been dedicated to WWP for about six years, a relationship that fits well with the theme of Veterans helping Veterans," said McPartland. The scouts' chartering organization is the Sons of the American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett.
They also volunteer at the and with .
In the past year, three young men have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, a lifetime distinction, garnered by only two percent of all scouts. Benjamin Malecki, Christian Westergard, and Michael Gherardi are the three new Eagles, whose community service projects ranged from cataloguing historical gravesites at the Wainscott Cemetary, t and planting a sensory garden at the .
To support the boy scouts, head down to the dinner on Sunday. Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and a drink are included in each dinner the scouts will serve up. Takeout is available. Each plate is $10 per adult and $5 per children.