The Adopt A Soldier Program was initiated in January 2005 by Boy Scout Troop 264 in Brookeville-Olney, Maryland. The 60+ scouts and their families wanted to express their appreciation for our military personnel, both home and abroad, by sending letters of encouragement and care packages with a few comforts of home. Since its inception, over 150 soldiers and three K9 units have been adopted by the scouts, and more than 500 care packages have been sent. Boy Scout Troop 264 has been assisted by, and has received donations from various Cub Scout, Girl Scout and Brownie Troops, and other local organizations. We thank all who have contributed and those who continue to participate in our mission to support our troops.
On a monthly basis, the Scouts and their families prepare care packages for our adopted soldiers with candy, gum, powdered drink mixes, assorted snacks, magazines, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, lip balm, etc., accompanied by cards and letters.
Anyone who would like to assist the Scouts by donating any of the above items is asked to contact Mrs. Josey Simpson at mail@AdoptASoldierProgram.org. Your participation in our Adopt A Soldier Program is very important and your efforts are greatly appreciated. Please continue to keep the young men and women who sacrifice so much for your freedom and for our country in your thoughts, in your prayers and in your hearts. Just think…receiving your cards and letters or care packages could be the highlight of their day!
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SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
The following are suggestions and ideas for care package items. Take this list with you on your next shopping trip and pick up a few items for our troops. Care packages are shipped on or about the 10th of each month. Please contact Mrs. Josey Simpson to coordinate local (Olney, MD area) pick-up/delivery.
- Instant Coffee, Tea Bags, Powdered Drink Mixes (Crystal Lite, Kool-Aid, Hot Chocolate, Gatorade, etc.), Sweetener, Sugar Packets, Slim Jims, Individual packages of chips, peanuts, cereal, cookies and other snacks, Candy and Gum (avoid anything that will melt), Tic Tacs, Microwave Popcorn, Granola Bars, Power Bars, Breakfast Bars
- Wet Wipes, Shampoo, Soap, Body Wash, Hand Sanitizer, Mouthwash, Dental Floss, Eye Drops, Contact Lens Cleaner, Lip Balm, Sun Block, Lotion, Foot Powder, Q-Tips
- Magazines (Sports, Cars, News), Phone cards, iTunes cards, Playing cards, Small games, CDs, DVDs, Pens, Stationery, Greeting cards
CARDS / LETTERS
Our adopted soldiers like to hear good news stories from home. Tell them about your school, sports activities, and hobbies. Ask them about their home town, their duties on base, or their hobbies and interests. They will also appreciate words of encouragement and gratitude for all of their hard work. Give your cards/letters to Mrs. Simpson and she will take care of sending them for you.
Boy Scout Troop 264 was established in 1927 and is sponsored by the Norman Price American Legion Post 68. Mr. Dennis Bogan is the Scoutmaster. All boys who have finished 5th grade and are 11 to 17 years old are welcome to join. The troop also offers a co-ed program for young adults age 18-21 seeking challenging, outdoor activities. Troop meetings are held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Route 108 in Olney on Monday evenings. For more information about the troop, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.