But sometime over the last week the storage trailer, packed with equipment, food and supplies, vanished from the parking lot at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Scout Master Jim Srock, who leads the 35-member Troop 008, said he received a call Tuesday from one of the assistant scout masters who informed him that their trailer went missing from where it was locked up in the church parking lot off Sandy Plains Road.
“When I got there you could see that whoever took the trailer ran over the parking blocks and it was a quick get away,” Srock said.
The troop is looking for the community’s help in finding the stolen trailer.
Srock became involved in the troop three years ago when his now 14-year-old son Adam became a Boy Scout.
The trailer is where Srock’s troop stores gear for campouts, including stoves, coolers and other cleaning equipment. The trailer and stolen items inside are valued at about $5,000, he said.
Scouts spent this past weekend cleaning out the trailer and organizing equipment for their annual “Camporall” with Cub Scout Pack 471 from Garrison Mill Elementary School, which is located near the church.
“This coming weekend is our biggest camp out of the year,” Srock said.
About 60 scouts and parents will travel to Blairsville in north Georgia for the camping event where they meet to talk about what it means to move up to the next level of scouts.
“What a way to meet us when we have no camping,” Srock said.
Troop parent Paula Merrington said her son, 13-year-old Shawn, is upset about the theft.
“I think (the scouts) are all wondering if they can do the Camporall without all their gear,” she said.
One goal of Boy Scouts is to teach young men about responsibility, which includes them taking good care of the gear.
“We reaffirm that they have to take care of everything,” Merrington said. “And they have all been taking such good care of the stuff they have.”
Hoping other troops will step up
In the meantime, Srock, Merrington and other troop parents are working together to collect whatever camping gear they already have and are asking for help from other troops in the area.
“Any support from the community would be great,” Merrington said. “It would be helpful to our boys.”
The trailer is white, has a large back door, a smaller, right-hand front door and the inside of the trailer is lined with plywood.
“Troop 008” is also stenciled inside, and the trailer has a Cobb County tag and the number is TL6153.