Troop 270 flood relief

This was great to see: John Cargill sent me a note about his Scout troop’s trip down to Ottawa for flood cleanup.

Thank you for your assistance in locating a relief agency that my Scouts and I could work with.
We traveled with 13 scouts and 7 adult volunteers. Scout Camp Berry hosted us at no cost for tent camping – and with thanks for our purpose in traveling to Ohio.
The agency you directed us to was very efficient and registered us quickly. They listened (some don’t) to our level of preparation and tried their best to assign us to matching tasks. We responded to one home where the owner had approximately 3 feet of ware in her basement and questioned whether there was mold behind the paneled walls. We carefully removed one sheet – found no mold, but some moisture, and recommended that the base molding be removed for better drying.
She agreed as she really didn’t want to strip off all of the walls unless there was a clear need. Her family had already spray bleached the external paneling so we
proceeded to Murphy oil soap the whole basement. Some furniture washing and yard work finished us up on that site.
We returned for additional assignment and responded to the need for re-insulating a shop garage and yard raking and cleanup of wet plaster scraps. While this particular home looked okay from the outside, we were aware that they had had to pull up all of the floors and part of the wet plaster walls – so despite our not being involved in demolition or internal reconstruction we were able to help with some work that they did not have time to get done.
All-in-all a good trip. Several scouts and parents said that they really enjoyed the recovery work and would be interested in future trips of the same kind.

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