Boy Scout troop out thousands of dollars after trailer theft

Troop 177 lost $5,000 worth of camping gear when their trailer was stolen.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 6:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- One Boy Scout troop in Eugene is out thousands of dollars after a trailer full of gear was stolen from them.

On Sunday, June 24, Troop 177 had just returned home from a camping trip. That night someone stole their trailer and all of the camping gear inside of it from the Trinity Methodist Church.

Troop leaders estimate the loss in gear is around $5,000 or more.

However, Scout Master Glenn Goss said the loss is more than just monetary value. The boys worked for three years on fundraising for that trailer and modifying it. They had just ordered the 177 decal for the trailer, but it was stolen before they got the chance to apply it.

"Think about the boys. It's not even necessarily the monetary value. Yes, it's going to cost us a lot to replace, but the boys' hearts and souls are in that," Goss said.

The troop has just a very old trailer left, one that’s not necessarily usable at this point. They also have a shed full of used gear that they had planned to get rid of, but that they might be forced to use now that theirs was stolen.

"They're just a bunch of great kids," Goss said. "They're hardworking and they love this, and I don't think there's a boy that we have that isn't just devestated by this."

They have started a GoFundMe to raise money to repurchase the gear. To visit the GoFundMe page, click here. You also have the option to donate directly to the scout office if you’d like to help.

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