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Boy Scouts to Help Joplin Schools Recover, Get Ready for Start of School

This Saturday, over nine-hundred Boy Scouts will gather in Joplin to support recovery efforts from the May 22 tornado.  KSMU’s Scott Butler reports.

Working directly with teachers and school officials, the Boy Scouts will be providing a day of service by assisting the Joplin School District.

Scott Gibbins is the Assistant Scout Executive for the Ozarks Trails Council.  He says the Scouts will help out with whatever the school officials ask of them.

 “Some of the projects are going to include setting up playgrounds, unloading trucks with classroom furniture in it, putting the furniture together, setting up the classrooms.  They’re doing a school supply drive, so we will be helping with that as well as sorting the supplies,” he said.

Most Scouts will be camping at the Frank Childress Scout Reservation near Joplin as they will be traveling from neighboring states. 

Gibbins said the Scouts will arrive in Joplin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and plan to work for six or seven hours and head back to camp where a meal and a recognition banquet will be provided.

For KSMU News, I’m Scott Butler.