Troop 524 believes strongly in giving back to the community, as a way of doing good for others. "Do a Good Turn Daily" is a core Scouting precept, and we encourage boys to recognize the needs of others and take action accordingly. Scouting works through neighborhoods, volunteer organizations, and faith-based organizations to help young people appreciate and respond to the needs of others.
50th Anniversary Year Service Hours: 527.5 hours
February Service Weekend- 56 hours
Scouting for Food- 151.5 hours
Feed My Starving Children- 41.5 hours
May Tree Planting- 4 hours
Springfest Chicken Dinner- 171.5 hours
Family Table- 103 hours
Coon Rapids Snowflake Days
Troop 524 was proud to partner with the Coon Rapids Snowflake Days as we both celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2014!
Troop 524 scouts took part in the Snowflake Days NHL Alumni Hockey event, raising money for Heart Safe Coon Rapids and the Kevin Roche memorial youth fund. Scouts took part in the opening flag ceremony, acted as announcers for the evening and helped with the chuck-a-puck cleanup on the rink.
Coon Rapids Heart Safe Community
Troop 524 was the first organization in the City of Coon Rapids to elect to receive the AED & CPR training needed for city wide certification. We also purchased an AED for use in our Troop trailer, helping to reach the required number of AED's needed in the community.
We continue to outreach and support the efforts of the organization.
The Church of the Epiphany
Troop 524 gives back to Epiphany in a number of ways. Through hospitality service, ushering, Eagle Projects, and helping to shape the lives of young men to be Revernt towards God.
We also volunteer monthly with Epiphany Family Table, which serves free meals on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Additional service to Epiphany is detailed below
Epiphany Catholic School
Numerous Eagle Projects by Troop 524 Eagle Scouts have taken place at Epiphany Catholic School, improving the beauty and usability of spaces.
Troop 524 volunteers annually at the Lenten Fish Fry events, proceeds support the Epiphany School PTO.
Coon Rapids Arts Commission
Each year Troop 524 participates in the annual Coon Rapids Summer Concert Series at the Coon Rapids Dam. Troop 524 provides refreshments adding to the atmosphere of the evenings.
We strive to meet the expectations set by the commission to provide excellent service and hospitality to all who attend the concerts.
A number of scouts from Troop 524 have completed Eagle Projects at the Alexandra House, which works to end domestic and sexual violence. They provide emergency shelter and and support to women and children who have been victims of abuse.
Learn More about completed Eagle Projects at the Alexandra House.
Epiphany Food Shelf
Troop 524 partakes in the annual Scouting for Food event in April to collect food for the Epiphany Food Shelf. This event qualifies for the Good Turn for America award.
Volunteer Hours 151.5
Food 765 lbs
Troop 524 has volunteered as Color Guards for Special Olympics opening ceremonies. Troop 524 has also been a supporter of Special Needs Scouting, by assisting with Northern Star Council's Polaris District for scouts with special needs.
We've assisted with Polaris ice fishing events, and campouts as volunteers.
Feed My Starving Children
As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, Troop 524 volunteered for an afternoon at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids on April 12th. Scouts packed meals to be sent to Haiti for children in need of nourishment.
Shift 1 packed 18 boxes of food which is 3,888 meals*
Shift 2 packed 22 boxes of food which is 4,752 meals*
Total: 40 boxes were packed by the scouts which is 8,640 meals*
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*(216 meals per box)
Hope 4 Youth
Troop 524 scouts have performed a number of Eagle Projects benefiting Hope 4 Youth, a north metro youth homeless program and shelter. The organization seeks to end youth homelessness in Anoka County by 2024.