Newport area Boy Scouts collecting food for pantry

Boy Scout Kenneth Basford chops firewood during the third annual Veterans Day camp out for Troop 63 in front of Bud's Shop & Save in Newport on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
Boy Scout Kenneth Basford chops firewood during the third annual Veterans Day camp out for Troop 63 in front of Bud's Shop & Save in Newport on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Buy Photo
Posted Nov. 10, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.
Two members of Boy Scout Troop 63 cut meat to prepare for a beef stew meal as part of a camping outing to collect food for the Newport Community Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
Two members of Boy Scout Troop 63 cut meat to prepare for a beef stew meal as part of a camping outing to collect food for the Newport Community Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Buy Photo
About a dozen tents are set up in front of Bud's Shop & Save in Newport as Boy Scout Troop 63 collects food for an area food bank on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
About a dozen tents are set up in front of Bud's Shop & Save in Newport as Boy Scout Troop 63 collects food for an area food bank on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Buy Photo
Members of Boy Scout Troop 63 gather around camp fires to warm up during a camping outing in front of Bud's Shop & Save in Newport on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. The troop is collecting food donations for the Newport Community Food Bank.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 63 gather around camp fires to warm up during a camping outing in front of Bud's Shop & Save in Newport on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. The troop is collecting food donations for the Newport Community Food Bank. Buy Photo

NEWPORT, Maine — For the third Veterans Day weekend in a row, Boy Scouts of Troop 63 in Newport camped out in front of Bud’s Shop & Save in order to collect food donations for an area food bank.

Thirty-two scouts from nearby towns pitched tents on Friday and will be camping until 3 p.m. Sunday.

“The boys absolutely love this weekend,” said Phil Brown, Troop 63 committee chairman and chairman of the Newport Community Food Bank.

Brown said the boys take turns collecting food near the entrance of Shop & Save, preparing food for meals and playing games.

Brown said food and money collecting was a little slow on Saturday, but said he hoped to outdo last year’s total when the troop collected 3,700 pounds of food.

The food is donated to the Newport Community Food Bank on High Street, where some of it becomes part of Thanksgiving baskets that will be handed out next Saturday to clients of the food bank. Brown said the baskets will feed between 125 and 150 families.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Scouts, in conjunction with American Legion Post 105, will hold a flag retirement ceremony at their campsite at 9 p.m. Sunday. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Maine State Police will weigh the troop’s food trailer on Sunday to determine how many pounds of food were collected.

Brown said he was grateful for area businesses who have contributed to the troop’s efforts.

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