From left are former Troop 11 Scout Master Bobby Bruner, current Scout Master Drew Sterling, Chuck Darsey, Herschel and Martha Darsey, Maelu and Lew Culpepper, and Boyd Darsey. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)
ALBANY — Thanks to a generous Albany family, countless boys and girls now have a better way to develop new skills and have a great time doing it.
The Darsey Family Foundation recently donated 8 brand new canoes and transfer trailer to Boy Scout Troop 11, which is sponsored by Avalon United Methodist Church of Albany.
The idea of patriarch Herschel Darsey, these fully-equipped canoes will be used to help educate, build skill, and enrich the lives of not only Troop 11, but other young children who have need for them as well.
“This is really a blessing,” said Troop leader Drew Sterling. “In the past, we had to always borrow canoes from other camps for our activities, and sometimes they may be in need of repair.”
“These canoes will really meet a need, and provide so much for the kids.”
One of our goals with the Foundation is to do things that are going to ultimately contribute to a better environment,” said Boyd Darsey. “Whether it’s donating recycling bins, or giving canoes to the Scouts so they can continue their studies, we try to stick to the motto of ‘leave it cleaner than what it was when you got here.’ “
There’s no doubt that the scouts will put these words in practice on their future canoeing adventures.
As family members gathered to present the donation to Sterling, they traded jokes and reminisced about family anecdotes as only relatives can.
Thanks to this most recent contribution, it’s safe to say they have literally provided a vehicle in which future generations will make their own memories as well.