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Dodging For Adventure

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When Troop 108 in the Revolutionary Trails Council decided to plan a trip to the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, they knew they needed to raise some dough.

So, what comes to your mind when you think of fundraising?

Let me guess––can drives, bake sales and car washes, right? Well, Troop 108 decided to buck the trend and try something a bit different, a dodgeball tournament!

Tournament Time

In December, the boys of Troop 108 hosted a tournament with a total of 21 teams in four age categories. Teams competed in a double-elimination tournament, very similar to a pinewood derby. Winning teams in each age bracket received medals and trophies. Then, they went on to play each other for the title of dodgeball masters.

A Community Event

Scouts from other troops, local volunteer fire departments, and people from the community, both young and old, made up the teams. Even the troop’s adult leaders created a team. Sadly, they didn’t fare too well, lasting only two minutes in a match against the fire department team.

Sea Base, Here We Come!

“Overall, I think the tournament is going really well,” said Star Scout David from Troop 108, “I’m really looking forward to the fishing at Sea Base!”

With the success, Scoutmaster Tim Hicks hopes to keep the event going.

“I’m really hoping we can make this an annual event to fund raise for summer camp,” Hicks said. “We raised over $1,000, and with this tournament under our belts we are well on our way to Sea Base!”

Dodgeball + The Summit = ?

A sports tournament like the one Troop 108 hosted is a great way to raise money for the 2013 jamboree. In addition to dodgeball, sports like badminton and volleyball work great in a tournament setting and are a lot of fun too! Playing dodgeball is also a great way to burn some calories and get fit for the jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve!

Check out the photo gallery above to see some of the fun that was had.

What kind of innovative fundraisers has your troop done? Let us know in the comments.

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