Boy Scouts continue volunteer clean-up effort in Washington

By Beau Ebenezer

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- When the tornado hit Washington on November 17th, Boy Scout Troop 163 just returned home from a camping trip.

Immediately, the scouts responded to devastated areas assisting in anyway.

Now four months later, they continue to pick up the pieces with no merit badges in mind.

"It brings back a lot of emotions, even for the adults," said Troop 163 Scout Master, Robert Hunsicker. "It is a lot to take in. We keep reminding the scouts that the church was here for us, and we are going to help them out. The community came together, so we have to give back. It is just like the scouting motto and oath, which says you help other people all you can."

Altogether, the local scout troops logged close to 20,000 hours of volunteer work since November.

Many of these scouts were directly hit themselves.

But that did not stop them from offering some help.

"It makes me happy that I can get out to my community and help my friends that literally lost everything," said Boy Scout, Jacob Kingsland.

Saturday, the local troop got a much needed hand in clean-up.

150 Boy Scouts from various Chicago Suburbs made the trip to Washington to aid in the relief effort.

It was the Chicago group's second trip to Washington.

The focus this time was to collect debris from farm fields to help out farmers for the coming season.

Volunteers are still needed.

You can visit to join the relief effort.