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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Wayland Scouts and parents: outpouring restored faith in people

WAYLAND

A Boy Scout troop in Wayland is expressing thanks to those who stepped up to help after some of the troop's Christmas trees were stolen recently.

Here's what the troop wrote in a letter to the Globe:

The Boy Scouts and parents of Troop One Cochituate are overwhelmed at the support we received after the theft of Christmas trees from our sole fundraiser. Thank you to the Sudbury Boy Scout Troops, Russell's Garden Center, Spence Farms, and Don Hall for donating trees and wreaths to make up for the loss. Thank you to the many people who donated to the troop and "bought a stolen tree."

We also appreciate the many notes received, some of which reminded the boys that there are good people in the world and that people value scouting. We especially enjoyed reading the letters that included scouting stories or photographs of family members, especially the scout at Camp Yawgoog from 1940. The Scout law states that "The Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, curteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."

Our conclusion from the tremendous outpouring of support from the community, even as far away as Los Angeles, is that there are many good Scouts in the world. The boys have learned a tremendous lesson from this experience. Thank you.

The Scouts and Parents of Troop One Cochituate

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