NEWARK (CBS SF) — It was a situation no Boy Scout troop could be prepared for: Just as summer camp starts up, someone swiped their supplies.
Camper Andrew Barnes is old enough to understand that not everyone embraces the Boy Scouts’ oath of honesty, but it’s still hard to accept that someone would target toys and supplies for the week-long cub scouts camp kicking off in Newark on Monday.
Barnes, a Boy Scout with Troop #449, said, the camp is “a program designed to basically teach kids to have a good time.”
The camp’s organizers parked their supply trailer at the camp overnight and then arrived Monday morning to find that someone had broken the lock.
Joe Barton, the director of field services, said “We saw all of the new program supplies we’d bought for the camp had been taken. It was a bunch of brand new Amazon boxes with craft materials.”
The Boy Scouts estimate between $2,000 and $3,000 worth of supplies were stolen.
But a good scout is always prepared and they weren’t going to let the theft ruin the camp. So, they made a supply run and improvised.
They do have a message for the thieves: “We just want to ask for the stuff back. You’re stealing from kids. A lot of these kids are here on scholarships and we want to make sure they have a good experience,” Barton said.