GROTON -- Be prepared for the great taste of old-fashioned root beer made, bottled and sold by Boy Scout Troop 3, Groton.
For the past several years, IncrediBREW, located in Nashua, N.H., has donated the recipe, ingredients, equipment and facility for the Boy Scouts to create bottles of root beer to be sold at the annual Grotonfest community festival on Saturday, Sept. 21 (rain date, Sept. 22).
"As an entrepreneur, I like the idea of helping the boys to learn the skills of planning, scheduling, making and marketing a product," said Dave Williams, owner of IncrediBREW. "They see it takes hard work, dedication and teamwork to earn money for the things they want to do as a troop. And it is also fun for the boys."
The troop will make nearly 1,500 bottles of soda to be chilled and sold at their booth, which was an old-fashioned soda stand, donated by IncrediBREW a few years ago.
Troop 3 was chartered in 1924 to carry out the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and will be embarking on its 90th year of providing service to the community and outdoor adventure in a stimulating and supportive boy-led Scouting program that enhances self-reliance and intellectual and physical growth.
Whether organizing a camp-out, fundraiser or community service project, Scouts in Troop 3 are given the opportunity to lead activities and learn from the experience to prepare them for life beyond Scouting.
In addition to selling root beer and soft pretzels at Grotonfest, Troop 3 will again join Troop 1 and Packs 11 and 12 in recycling and trash collection during the day.
"It took some effort to organize the Scouts to come together to make the root beer in August," said David Fitzpatrick, senior patrol leader, "but everyone worked hard and we had a lot of fun."
In past years, the boys have used the proceeds from Grotonfest to attend Summer Camp at Camp Wanocksett in Dublin, N.H. and to attend the three Boy Scout National High Adventure Bases: Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Seabase in the Florida Keys and Northern Tier in Minnesota.
This past summer, the troop sent two crews of Scouts and adults to the High Adventure Base in northern Maine for a week of camping and canoeing.
This year's proceeds will be used to help send the boys to the new Summit Bechtel High Adventure Base in West Virginia next summer.
Williams added, "Some of my best times as a kid were the experiences that I had as a Boy Scout. I hope these kids have the same."
For information on local Scouting, especially if you're a boy in first through eleventh grade who might be interested in joining Scouts, please contact Tom Fitzpatrick, scoutmaster, Troop 3, Groton at 978-448-8797 or email email@example.com.
For information about IncrediBREW, contact Dave Williams at 603-891-2477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.