By Warren P. Russo
---- — MERRIMAC — Scouting is prospering in Merrimac, thanks to the hard-charging boys of Troop 41, who are holding a fundraiser at Flatbread Co. at the Millyard in Amesbury tomorrow.
“Our latest community service project is organizing a winter coat drive for the Hurricane Sandy victims on Long Island,” said Dr. Jim Quinn, Scoutmaster and local dentist.
The Scouts also use their handicraft skills to pay for their meeting space at the Holy Redeemer Church, where they gather on Monday evenings to brainstorm community service projects.
“We’re building dry erase boards for the religious education classes, adding bookracks for missals on the backs of the church pews, and painting the basement floor at Holy Redeemer Church.” The troop has also built two desks for the religious education personnel at the parish, as well as bookshelves to hold all of the instructional materials.
Interestingly, Troop 41 not only lives up to the principles of Scouting, it also lives up to its name. Counting Dr. Quinn, who became Scoutmaster in April, Troop 41’s membership is exactly 41.
“We have 40 boys, all fifth- to 10th-graders,” said Quinn. “We also have one Eagle Scout, Matt Romanowski, plus seven Life Scouts, which is one step below Eagle Scout, all of whom are working on their qualifying projects.”
Quinn’s son is one of those seven Life Scouts, and he also has an older son who became an Eagle Scout several years ago.
To raise funds for their many community service projects, as well as for camping trips and equipment, Troop 41 holds two fundraising events each year. One is always a chicken barbecue, and the other one is always something else — which this year is the Flatbread event.
From 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Troop 41 will get a percentage of all Flatbread sales, including both eat-in and take-out orders.