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April 17, 2012 > Boy Scouts targeted by vandalism

Boy Scouts targeted by vandalism

The Boy Scout Oath, memorized by every scout, emphasizes honor, duty and loyalty. Unfortunately, not everyone subscribes to these ideals. Recently, during spring break, vandals broke into meeting, training and storage room on the Centerville Junior High School campus used by Mission Peak Council Boy Scouts. Their intention was less than honorable as they left mayhem and destruction in their wake.

Graffiti was left on whiteboards and fire extinguishers were discharged within the room; tents, backpacks, emergency supplies, a bullhorn and other items were stolen or destroyed. A large cleanup effort was required to restore the rooms for use. In addition, a California flag was removed and an American flag defaced. Estimated loss is $1,000 - $1,500 although the total damage has not been fully assessed.

Anyone who can assist financially or help replace stolen items is asked to call Scoutmaster Steve Kay (510) 453-6927. Much of scouting is a volunteer effort and operates with very little funding. This is a serious loss for local scouting; community support would be appreciated.

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