Cub Scouts cruise into return

Car show raises funds for troop, food items for Champion church pantry

Staff photo / Bob Coupland Members of Cub Scout Pack 4025 in Champion, from left, Caden Jones, Anthony Prezioso, Collin Deverick, James Johnson, Rocco Prezioso and Jacob Goss take a gander at a 1962 Ford Thunderbird at a recent car, truck and motorcycle show fundraiser at Champion Christian Church. The pack held the event to raise money and collect nonperishable items for the church.

CHAMPION — Members of Cub Scout Pack 4025 wanted to raise funds not only to help their programs but also the community.

They coordinated a car, truck and motorcycle show last weekend at Champion Christian Church.

Several of the 13 Scouts in the pack who are in third and fourth grades rode along in a golf cart with Nick Katradis, Scoutmaster, as he showed them the more than 50 vehicle entries.

While the Cub Scouts wanted to get inside the vehicles, most of them were off limits. But Champion resident Marcus Cupp let six inside his 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Breanna Johnson, Bear Den leader and fundraiser chair, said the funds will help the Cub Scouts with events such as camping trips and to help in the community.

“We have monthly pack meetings and bring in guests. We will have the Mecca Search and Rescue Dog Team in August. We are giving out trophies for the best car, truck and motorcycle. The Bear Den made a gold-colored toolbox as one of its requirements this year, which we turned into a trophy. The winner of the Scout’s Choice gets that trophy,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the Scouts helped set up and take down the event. They also worked the lemon-shake stand.

The pack also helped to fill the church food pantry by having attendees bring a food donation.

Jack Cape of Champion, one of the judges, said he is familiar with antique and hot rod vehicles, having owned some of his own.

“We had some very nice original cars with nice upholstery. I know what to look for and hate to be picky when judging, but we have to give so many points for each vehicle,” Cape said.

Katradis said COVID-19 made it challenging to have meetings and events.

“This is one of the first events we have held for more than a year. We want to be ready in the fall for a new year and be able to take the Scouts camping and go to other events. We hope to have this car and motorcycle show every year. It’s a good event for the community to attend after not being able to do much for a year,” Katradis said.


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