March 24, 2003 Thanks in part to a donation from Robert Huckabee III, president of Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands, 80 St. Croix Boys Scouts from the St. Thomas-St. John district will have transportation costs to the annual Spring Camporee on St. Croix defrayed.
The Camporee will be held Friday through Sunday at Camp Harold Wall on St. Croix's south shore. About 70 scouts from St. Croix will also attend.
"Community involvement like this is exactly what we need," Charlie Tinsley, scout executive of the V.I. Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said. He declined to say how much Huckabee contributed. Tinsley said it will cost about $3,200 to get the St. Thomas and St. John scouts to St. Croix aboard the Boston Harbor Ferry.
Tinsley said the weekend costs the scouts about $20 to $25, which includes a $3 charge by the Council and the cost of food. The troops prepare their own meals. Except for the $3 charge and the food costs, the Council picks up the tab.
Tinsley said that the scouts participate in activities such as catapult building, archery and knot tying. The scouts get uniform patches for their efforts.
Huckabee said in a news release that he is a big scouting fan.
"I was a scout myself and so is my son. I take pride in helping youth become better people. Scouting is one of the best ways to do it," he said.
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