As the holidays approach, no doubt many Scouts will be taking part in a variety of great holiday-themed fundraisers like selling wreaths, trees, and candy, but these Scouts in Florida have a fundraiser that seeks to brighten the lives of everyone in their community. Recently, this article from Florida Today covered the unique Scout-run Space Coast Lightfest.
Featuring a display of 2.7 million twinkling lights installed over a 1.1 mile stretch in a local park in the community, this fundraiser is in its fourth year of management by the Brevard County Boy Scouts and draws more than 15,000 vehicles each year.
Speaking to a local reporter, Scout Ryan C. said, “It feels nice to do something for the community. I love seeing all the beautiful lights, and I really like preparing the lights so other people can enjoy them. It makes adults feel like a child again.”
Shanna Richardson, Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council field director, also spoke to Florida Today and said, “This is a great Brevard County event. It is not just a Boy Scouts event, but a community event. It is such a staple in our area. People come out in droves to attend the event. They come from neighboring counties and visit if they are here on vacation. We are so proud to be a part of this event.”
In addition to the Scouts helping raise funds to support Scout activities, they also use the event to help conduct a toy drive. The 2014 event helped support more than 6,000 families through the toy drive, and the Scouts hope this year’s drive will be even better.