Scouts group work like Beavers at bottle drive

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Max D'Aoust (left) and Evonne Prost help sort bottles at the Black Mountain, Ellison and Rutland Beavers bottle drive. The fundraiser was to help the group fund an overnight trip to Science World in Vancouver.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

An overnight trip to Science World in Vancouver is what the Black Mountain, Ellison and Rutland (BEAR) Beavers have their sights set on.

On Saturday, the group started to work towards their goal by hosting a bottle drive at the Holy Spirit Church.

Karen D'Aoust, section leader of the Beavers, said that Saturday's turnout was very encouraging.

"I'm blown away. We tried to get the word out within our group, family and friends. I think people just love to support the Scouts," said D'Aoust.

D'Aoust said that they've done a a couple smaller fundraisers; however, this was the first one solely done for the Science World trip.

"We always do Scouts popcorn and we've sold chocolates this year. This is the first focused effort on one event that we've done ourselves this year."

According to D'Aoust, the kids are excited because the BEAR Beavers have never gone out of town on an overnight trip.

The group is confident they can achieve their fundraising goal; however, it won't be easy.

The Apr. 7 trip will cost $65 per child and $32 per adult; the group will also need to rent a bus for the trip.

D'Aoust estimated that the entire cost will be around $2,000.

"We will keep working our tails off trying to raise the money."

The group plans to do another bottle drive after the Feb. 5 Super Bowl.

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