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Troop 358 ox roast and auction will help area Scouts develop character and leadership

With a lot of opportunities to develop leadership skills, like the annual Klondike camping excursion that takes place every winter, Boys Scouts of America Troop 358 continues to strive to develop leaders of tomorrow. As part of the troop’s fundraising they will host an ox roast and auction Saturday, April 29 at Millersburg United Methodist Church.


A tasty ox roast fundraiser and an auction will serve as the focal points for a key fundraiser for a group that focuses on building lasting and meaningful qualities in Holmes County’s young men who will some day be the leaders of their communities.

On Saturday, April 29 at the Millersburg United Methodist Church, a fundraiser supper will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with the Scouts from Boy Scouts of America Troop 358 presenting and serving the meal.

The ox roast will features sandwiches, baked potatoes, baked beans and desserts. In addition to the meal, there also will be an auction featuring some fantastic items like a 40-inch Smart TV, a large tool set, a Cleveland Browns package, a bevy of signed Cleveland Indians memorabilia, Columbus Crew tickets, loads of area gift certificates and more. There will be a silent auction as part of the event as well.

Donations for the event are $8 for presale tickets, $10 at the door and $7 for age 12 and under.

The event will serve to raise funds that will aid the Scouts in their effort to build character and leadership, and according to Scoutmaster Jeff Miller, the money raised will be put to good use.

“We will use part of the funds raised to replace worn-out equipment or to purchase new equipment, but for the most part we really try to give all of the money back to the boys so they can put it in their personal Scouting accounts so they can apply it toward the many different activities we do,” Miller said.

In the past the Scouts have participated in a Klondike event that takes place in winter, a spring camping excursion, a camp that focused on airplanes, performing in flag-retirement ceremonies and last year a camping session at Old Man’s Cave, where they also went zip-lining.

But according to Miller, one of the most important events they attend is the national Youth Leadership Training event that takes place annually. While the entire troop doesn’t attend, this year Luke Vaccariello will be representing Troop 358. Next year James Parks will go.

The idea is to help these young men build self-esteem and leadership through the national event.

“It’s a great time of training in leadership,” Miller said. “One of the big things we really try to impress on our Scouts is that this is a good way to teach them how to get along while working with others. Everyone has their own personality, and it is important for them to learn to work together. At the same time we are teaching leadership and respect, and Boys Scouts of America is a great way for these boys to learn how to develop character and teamwork while having a lot of fun.”

Miller said Troop 358 also focuses on teaching youth the importance of service in their community. As part of that goal the troop cleans up state Route 39 for a two-mile stretch west of Millersburg, and they also volunteer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army during Christmas. They have invested a lot of time in aiding Holmes County Share-a-Christmas in its endeavor to aid area families during the Christmas season as well.

Whether they are zip-lining high above a gorge, working on a service project, learning how to build a fire or building skills they can use their entire lives, the Scouts have made a commitment to becoming part of a group that builds character, and the upcoming ox roast is a major fundraiser that will go a long way toward helping them make that happen.

For further information or to preorder tickets, call Miller at 330-231-1501 or visit the Troop 358 website at www.troop358.info/auction.

Published: April 17, 2017
New Article ID: 2017704179976