Stratford Scouts help to give back

STRATFORD—Scouts from Our Lady of Peace in Stratford recently held a fill-the-boat food drive to help establish a food pantry for local charities.

Scouts BSA Troop 20 and Sea Scout Ship 101, both chartered to Our Lady of Peace, collected more than 75 pounds of food and more than $600 in this inaugural event. “I’m proud of our Scouts for taking time from a holiday weekend to help the local community and give back to the church,” Hugh Welch, scoutmaster of Troop 20 proudly stated. “The scouts were able to demonstrate scout spirit and the part of the Scout Oath that challenges them to “…do my best to God and my country… to help other people at all times…”

According to Father Nicholas Pavia, pastor of Our Lady of Peace and an Eagle Scout, “It fills my heart with joy to see young people working in our community to help others in need.”

Dick Williams, skipper of Ship 101 added, “Sea Scouting is a vibrant BSA arm that has taught water safety and adventure since 1912, adding young women in 1971. Working this food drive has been a pleasure for the scouts and a boon to Stratford!”

Pictured are (front row)- Kelsey W, Father Nicholas Pavia, Marissa D, Katherine K. and Dick Williams, Skipper Ship 101  (back row)- Charlie W. and Michalela P.

(If you are interested in becoming a Scout please visit Young women age 12-18 interested in joining Scouts BSA Troop 20 may contact Scoutmaster Hugh Welch at and youth age 14-21 who are interested in joining Sea Scout Ship 101 may contact Skipper Dick Williams at