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May 29, 2007 > Blind Scouts Luau Fundraiser June 2

Blind Scouts Luau Fundraiser June 2

Submitted By Ronnie Fong

Have you ever gone camping at night with a broken flashlight? Troop 2 does that every time they go camping. Troop 2 is the Boy Scout unit composed of students from the California School of the Blind in Fremont, and it is one of the oldest Boy Scout units in the Bay Area. They have a grand time learning about the outdoors, tying knots, working in teams, and just plain having fun just like the many other boys and girls involved in scouting around the world. The difference is they do it without eyesight.

The California School for the Blind (CSB) was founded in 1860 and was the first special education school in California. Today, CSB is recognized as the best in the world for visually handicapped children. The Fremont campus opened in 1980. The majority of CSB students are from communities outside of the Bay Area and reside on the campus during the school year instead of going home every day from school. Students go home on Friday afternoons and return to school on Sunday evenings. Most have multiple disabilities and are not just blind. During the school week, the students housed on campus participate in many activities. Troop 2 allows students the opportunity to participate in a great program that helps young boys and girls develop skills and character, and bring in youth and adults from outside the school. Recently, Troop 2 went on a snow camping excursion with Troop 269 from Niles. Troop 2 is one of the oldest continuous scout units in the Bay Area.

Ray Weaver, age 72, and his wife Jeanette, has been with the troop for 27 years. Weaver says "I really enjoy seeing the kids having fun going to camporees and helping people realize there is very little that these kids can't do. They can do arrow and BB guns and even black powder rifles. They can even drive my lawn tractor and love to play the organ and piano. You should see the smiles on their faces when they realize what they've done. They talk about scouting for days and days. These children are very precious since they have multiple disabilities, not just blindness."

A Hawaiian luau dinner fundraiser will be held on Saturday evening, June 2, 2007 by the Lions Club of Union City to help this special unit of scouting in the Tri Cities area. All are asked to support these folks and are especially welcome to join in the fun with special music, silent auctions, door prizes and the Kawailehua Hula Ohana Polynesian Dance Revue.

To order tickets and obtain more information, please contact Bill Fournell at 487-3121 or Bill4nell@sbcglobal.net., or go online to http://www.sfbac.org/mp/events/troop2/07luau.pdf

The Mission of Scouting is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of Citizenship, Character Development, Mental and Physical Fitness. The Mission Peak District serves families of all cultures and abilities in Fremont, Newark, and Union City with over 2,500 youth members and 900 adult volunteers engaged in scouting. To find out more about scouting in the area, visit www.sfbac.org/mp or call Andy Yates, District Executive, 510/577-9000 x227, andyy@sfbac.org

Boy Scouts of America
Mission Peak District
San Francisco Bay Area Council
Website: http://www.sfbac.org/mp

District Chairman: Alan Olsen
District Commissioner: Dan Welsh
District Executive: Andy Yates

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