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Community Service

Scouts BSA is, among other things, a SERVICE organization.  One of the best ways for Scouts to show their SCOUT SPIRIT is by taking part in our troop service projects.  

Most rank advancements require a Scout to volunteer a minimum amount of hours to service projects, but Troop 494 has a tradition of providing more than the minimum service to the community.  Service projects give us tremendous recognition in the community, and we have fun doing them.  


Our annual service projects include:

  • We participate in the Northern Star Council's event called Scouting For Food in April. 

  • We clean up Heritage Park every spring.

  • We volunteer Relay for Life in July.

  • We volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.

  • We raise money for the Adopt-A-Family program at a composting fundraiser.

See the Events page for current or upcoming Community Service opportunities.

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Scouting For Food

As a part of the National Boy Scouts of America community service effort, Troop 494 and Pack 437 join forces to collect food for the White Bear Lake Area Food Shelf.  In these difficult economic times, the White Bear Lake Area Food Shelf requires even more to fulfill the demand for emergency food supplies.  Please consider spending a few hours collecting food donations from our community.  Those few short hours can make a big impact on our local community.

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Heritage Park Cleanup

Every year Troop 494 spends a few hours at Heritage Park in Vadnais Heights to help the city make the park a better place.

The scouts perform tasks such as spread new mulch on the park paths, cut down unwanted plant/tree growth, cleanup of garbage.


Feed My Starving Children

Once a year Troop 494 joins forces with Pack 437 to participate in a Feed My Starving Children packing event. The scouts have a friendly competition to pack as many food pouches as possible while also realizing that they are greatly helping people in need.



We raise money for a local charity with a composting fundraiser every fall.

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