Members of Troop 77 visited Bank of Canton’s corporate headquarters with the new van. Front row, from left: Diego Levya, Charlie Zack, Zachary Cohen, Thomas Salvatori. Middle row: Will Arcovitch, Luke Darling, Patrick King. Back row: Assistant Scout Master Jonathan Cohen, Theo Bollenbach, Troy Wigandt, Evan Lee, Zac Jones, Lucca Terenzio, Assistant Scout Master and Friends of Canton Scouting President Sal Salvatori, Bank of Canton Assistant Branch Manager Mary Czyras, Bank of Canton Vice President of Security Wes Rawding, Troop Committee Chair Ron Larsen.
CANTON, Mass. (June 19, 2018) – Bank of Canton recently donated $5,000 to Friends of Canton Scouting, to help fund their purchase of a 2014 Ford E-350 passenger van for local Boy Scout Troop 77.
The new van can transport fifteen people and tow the troop’s trailer, which is used to carry equipment necessary for the scouts’ campouts and expeditions, such as tents, stoves, cooking supplies, building materials and recreational gear.
“The new van solves a huge transportation issue for us,” said Sal Salvatori, assistant scout master and president of Friends of Canton Scouting, Inc. “The cost of renting passenger vans for our monthly campouts had become cost-prohibitive for the troop and some of our families, and even forced us to cancel a few trips.
“Owning our own van ensures that we can keep expenses down and provide more activities that help build our scouts’ confidence, skills and self-esteem,” continued Mr. Salvatori. “We’re very grateful to Bank of Canton and our other generous donors for making this a reality for us.”
Mr. Salvatori added that traveling together in the van also helps builds unity and camaraderie among the scouts – much more so than traveling in separate vehicles. It also reduces the environmental impact of the trips by replacing three or four passenger vehicles with just one van.
“These young adults of Troop 77 deserve the opportunity to experience all the challenges and rewards of scouting,” said Stephen P. Costello, president and CEO of Bank of Canton. “Working together on trips and campouts, they learn the importance of cooperation, teamwork, and service to the community. Transportation logistics shouldn’t stand in the way of that. These are tomorrow’s leaders, and we’re proud our contribution can help provide more enriching experiences for them.”
The new van has already taken Troop 77 on several camping trips, and on June 29th it will head to Kensington, Ohio, where several troop members will be participating in summer camps located at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation.
Friends of Canton Scouting, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, providing financial support to Cub Scout Pack 77, Boy Scout Troop 77, and Venturing Crew 77 through a variety of fundraising and collection activities. The group is currently accepting contributions for infrastructure improvements at its site in Orange, Massachusetts. Visit www.gofundme.com/help-friends-of-canton-scouting/ for details.
About Bank of Canton
Established in 1835, Bank of Canton is a Massachusetts-chartered mutual savings bank that offers its consumer, business and government banking customers access to a full array of deposit, loan, investment and convenience service options. As a mutual savings bank, the bank has no stockholders and acts exclusively in the best interests of its customers and communities. The bank lends throughout Massachusetts, and has branches in Canton, Quincy and Randolph and mortgage centers in Auburn and Marshfield. All deposits are fully insured between the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). For more information, visit www.ibankcanton.com. Member FDIC. Member DIF. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #408169.