Scouts with special needs turn disappointment into determination

3:24 PM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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CRESTWOOD, Mo. (KSDK) - A group of special Scouts from Troop 724 had the trip of a lifetime planned for this summer but fell short on their fundraising.

Troop 724 is comprised of 17 scouts with special needs.

The scouts wanted to go to an Indian reservation in Arizona to learn Native American survival skills.

They needed to raise $7,500, so they started selling t-shirts. They even made a special t-shirt to sell at a flag retirement ceremony. The scouts didn't sell as many t-shirts as they'd like, but they did retire 2013 flags.

Despite all their hard work, the scouts fell a couple of thousand dollars short of their fundraising goal. The boys were disappointed when they got the news, but Scoutmaster Joe Vaughn says his boys are used to getting bad news.

"For so many years they've been told 'you can't do that, you can't do that.' I coined a phrase off of our old scoutmaster 'boys with disabilities are scouts with possibilities,'" Vaughn said.

The scouts saw one of those possibilities on Sunday when they were placing American flags on soldiers' graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for Memorial Day.

They noticed many of the flags were tattered, so the boys decided since they weren't going to Arizona this year they would donate $1,000 of their trip money to purchase new flags for Jefferson Barracks.

The scouts are determined to raise enough money to go on the trip next summer.

If you would like to learn more about Troop 724, or make a donation click here.

KSDK

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