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place American flags on the graves of veterans at Ft. Lauderdale Memorial Gardens. They also help with the city’s 4th of July parade, participate in an annual coastal clean-up and help out with projects for their charter organization, including helping to unload pumpkins for a preschool fundraiser, assembly of new preschool playground equipment, pressure cleaning and lending a hand with numerous landscape projects. Some of their Eagle Scouts have also completed their service projects at Plantation United Methodist Church. Their main goal now is finding a way to make sure as many of their scouts as possible attend summer camp at Camp Woodruff in northeast Georgia, which gives the boys opportunities to earn merit badges, complete requirements for rank advancement, take part in older scout high adventure activities, troop activities and see other states and attractions. “It builds moral character and it provides a great outdoor experience,” said Zimmerman.

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hey camp once a month, meet every week, learn new skills and help out in the community. Anyway you look at it, Boy Scout Troop 111 is a busy group. “We may not be the biggest troop around, but we are active,” said Scoutmaster Chris Zimmerman. Troop 111 recently wrapped up its biggest fundraiser of the year; their annual Spaghetti Dinner and All American Bazaar which raises money to support the troop’s programs, particularly a 10-day summer camp experience for the boys. The scouts cooked the spaghetti from scratch and served up close to 180 dinners. Chartered at the Plantation United Methodist Church, Troop 111 is part of the Pine Island District in the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Founded in 1965, they›ve been serving the South Florida Community for more than 45 years. They are also the home-base for 115 Eagle Scouts, scouting›s highest rank. “We’ve been successful because of camaraderie, community and parent involvement,” said Zimmerman, whose son John recently made Eagle Scout. Currently, Troop 111 is made up of 17 active scouts, ages 11-18, who camp once a month at locations around Florida, and do a raft of community service projects in between. Zimmerman says in order to instill leadership and organizational skill, the scouts plan and run as much of the activities as possible. Throughout the year, they help

 The troop is always looking for new members. They meet every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at Plantation United Methodist Church, located at 1001 N.W. 70th Avenue in Plantation. No religious or church affiliation is required. For more information on BSA Troop 111, visit http://www.troop111pumc.org/Fundraising. html. You can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/troop111PUMC 

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