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Troop 52 Saves 10,000 Villages

July 1, 1993

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118780654731251.jpg’, ‘Photos provided’, ‘The night before the second day of the Illinois Renewable Energy Fair in Oregon (top), powerful wind gusts had blown tents over. Scout Troop 52 came to the rescue (middle), quickly gathering up merchandise, moving it inside and setting the tents back up for the fair.‘);
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When Birgit Wolff walked through the main fairgrounds building at the Renewable Energy Fair, Aug. 12, on her way to open the 10,000 Villages booth on Sunday morning she was confused by seeing her merchandise in the building. As she walked closer, she noticed the tent was crooked, as were several tables in it. Aside from the tables, the tent itself was empty. She, Lin Vogl and other volunteers had spent three hours setting it up, and now everything was gone.

Her confusion was soon ended. Someone explained to her that a powerful wind gust had blown the tent over and had driven it upside down several hundred feet along the drive. The tent had holes and gashes in the roof and walls.

When the wind whipped through and a pouring rain was unleashed, Scout Troop 52 came to the rescue. They quickly gathered up merchandise and moved it into the building.

The scouts were serving as security guards for the Energy Fair. They periodically made the rounds during the night to see that no materials were stolen or vandalized. If problems arose, they would contact the sheriff, who would quickly head out to the fairgrounds. But this emergency was induced by Mother Nature. Swift action by the scouts saved 10,000 Villages. While some articles were damaged, far more would have been lost had the scouts not taken swift and brave actions.

As Birgit pondered how she would repair her display, two young scouts appeared and offered to carry the boxes to the tent and reposition the materials on the tables. Once again, the scouts came to the rescue and helped make the day a success. As a token of appreciation, they were given bandanas, boxes of cereal and a few other treats. The boys appeared thrilled with the gifts.

While she was awakened in the night by the rain, she did not realize it was preceded by a powerful gust of wind. Feeling somewhat groggy when she arrived at the fairgrounds, the sight that greeted her was all the more confusing. But one thing was perfectly clear to her within a few minutes: Troop 52 and their leaders had saved the day.

Proceeds from 10,000 Villages sales provides fair wages for the many Third World artisans who craft it.

from the Aug. 22-28, 2007, issue

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