Thieves Rob Cumming, GA. Scout Troop of $10,000 Worth of Equipment

Boyscout Troop Cumming

A trailer containing thousands of dollars of equipment belonging to Boy Scout Troop 1109 of Cumming has been stolen in Gwinnett County.

According to CBS 46, it is unknown who stole the trailer or when it was taken; the trailer was kept at a storage facility in Buford and had not been checked on since February.

Police reviewed security footage at the storage facility, but found nothing useful in locating the thieves or the trailer.

Inside the trailer was camping equipment belonging to Troop 1109, including stoves, lanterns, tarps, tools, and other essential scouting gear. The scouts hoped to use the contents of the trailer for camping trips and service projects; the total cost of the items is estimated to be around $10,000.

According to the incident report, the trailer is “fully enclosed and black” with “one orange sticker on the rear door that said ‘KTM world.’”

Much of the money used to purchase the equipment inside the trailer came from fundraisers done by the scouts themselves, including car washes and popcorn sales, according to Scoutmaster Tom Gillon.

Troop 1109 formed in Cumming only a year ago. Now, they are back to where they started.

“It has taken other Boy Scout troops years to achieve what we accomplished in less than a year. Sadly, we’re back to where we started a year ago as a brand-new troop,” Gillon said.

Despite this setback, the troop has not given up.

“[They’re] maintaining a positive attitude,” Gillon said. “Part of scouting is learning to deal with problems and overcoming those and adversity, and this is a very real-life lesson.”

Troop 1109 is one of seven scout troops in Cumming. It is now reaching out to the community for help in repurchasing its lost equipment. They are accepting donations online at troop1109.org.

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