Scouts Host Second Annual Touch-a-Truck Event
Rev up your curiosity and put your imagination in gear for the second annual Touch-a-Truck fundraiser for local Boy Scouts.
More than 60 vehicles, among them police, fire, emergency, military and construction vehicles, as well as a video game truck, an antique fire engine, a sod truck, a racing vehicle, a trash truck and a medical helicopter, are scheduled to be at the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pinecrest High School parking lot. Children are invited to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite vehicles.
“You don’t have to do much special,” said Jim Saunders, chairman of the Moore District Boy Scouts. “The vehicles are the real attraction. For example, last year, the (helicopter) pilot let kids sit inside and push buttons. … That’s a memorable moment.”
There will also be games, and concessions. The first 100 children who attend will receiver a free hard hat.
The event, which drew 600 people and featured about 25 vehicles a year ago, serves as a fundraiser and a membership event for the Boy Scouts. A $5 donation is suggested with a maximum of $20 per family. All donations benefit Moore District Boy Scouts.
Saunders said Touch-a-Truck is an “all inclusive event with stuff that anyone of any age will enjoy,” and one that raises money that will directly benefit Moore County children.
Funds raised will go to providing uniforms, scholarship funds for summer camp, jamborees, offsetting expenses for Camp Durant and Camp Reeves, and funding paid professional staff.
Touch-a-Truck events are done across the United States, and Saunders said he got the idea from a Scout troop in Cary. He said the event is a necessity because of the increased popularity of Scouting in Moore County, Last year there was a 14 percent increase in the numbers of boys involved in Scouting and based on growth the area ranked at or near the top in the Southeast Region and in the top 10 nationally.
This event is a more novel way to raise money and awareness, Saunders said.
“We are looking for a way to put our name out there in a way that kids can identify the Scouting program with fun events.”
After last year’s event, the Moore Council added 22 Scouts. Twelve of those resulted directly from applications filled out at the event, Saunders said.
Several of last year’s more popular vehicles will be back again this year, including a municipal trash truck, a surprise favorite, according to Saunders.
“I was blown away by how much the kids enjoyed watching the trash truck crunch garbage,” he said. “They really ate that up.”
Robert Tighe of R and T Racing is back for a second year. Last year he brought a drag racer. This time around he plans to bring a stock car racer.
He said participating in the event again was a “no-brainer.”
“This is one of my more pleasant experiences with all the shows we do,” Tighe said. “They (kids) were very eager to ask questions. They want to know everything.”
Tighe said one of the more interesting reactions he got during last year’s event was one of shock from parents when their children were allowed to sit in the car.
“I think it strikes them odd when we tell them you can put them in the car,” Tighe said. “Most places you can’t do that.”
This year, with multiple vehicles appearing for the first time, Saunders said he is looking forward to seeing how the children will react.
Dana Gainer with Rolling Video Games, the company that is bringing the video game truck, is eager to participate.
She said the video game truck will feature various video game consoles, approximately 30 games and room for 16 game players at a time.
“We will rotate them through every 20 minutes and while they are in there, they can dance, they can race. We’ll even let them touch the game theater on the inside of the truck.”
Contact Tom Embrey at (910) 693-2484 or tembrey @thepilot.com.
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