Cabela's helping Tigard Boy Scout troop after $15K of gear stolen

Tigard Boy Scout troop's canoes stolen

UPDATE: A representative from the Cabela’s in Tualatin said they saw the story and have decided to help the troop.

They said they’re looking to replace five canoes along with paddles and life jackets.

They're also trying to see if the Cabela's Outdoor Fund can help cover the cost of the rest of the stolen equipment.

Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is made up of money from customers rounding up their purchase total at the register. The extra money is donated to the fund for worthy causes. The Cabela’s representative said the fund previously replaced about $10,000 worth of stolen equipment for a Boy Scout troop on the east coast.

A walkthrough at the store is also being set up for the Boy Scouts to come through and discuss what their needs will be for upcoming trips.

Troop leaders said are humbled by the community's response.

 

Original story below.

TIGARD, Ore. -- A Boy Scout troop in Tigard is out thousands of dollars in gear after someone stole six of their canoes earlier this month.

Along with the canoes, a custom-made trailer, life jackets and other accessories were stolen out of a barn in Sherwood where they were being stored.

The canoes meant a lot to Boy Scout Troop 419.

“The fact that someone would do that is horrible, because they're not theirs. They're custom canoes and trailer so it's just not fair for us,” said 14-year-old Ben Kort, who’s been a Boy Scout since he was in first grade.

Scout Master James Laflin said they found out when the owner of the barn drove by and saw the door wide open.

“To have them stolen from us is really disheartening. I know the boys really enjoyed them. It's just really sad to see them taken from us,” Laflin said.

In total, the stolen goods are worth about $15,000.

“It's a lot of money. Being a nonprofit, the boys earn everything that we use,” Laflin said.

That means if the canoes aren't returned, they'll have to work extra hard to fundraise money so they can pay for their outings, community service and replacement canoes.

“Boy Scouts should work extra hard, but it's still very unfair that we have to work out of our way for those canoes,” said Kort.

The Boy Scout code is to be trustworthy, honest and loyal. They follow moral guidelines.

“All of them is against stealing and it's just being a good human being and stealing is not one of them,” Kort said.

The troop only has one big fundraiser every year in December. It's their Christmas tree recycling event. They say raising the money to replace their canoes will be hard.

If you’d like to help, the troop has started a GoFundMe page.


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