Rocklin troops scout to help animals

By: Kristine Guerra, Special to the Placer Herald
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For the Placer Gold Troop 733, scouting is more than a bunch of kids in badges and uniforms doing good deeds. “It’s a lifelong continued willingness to make a difference in the world around them,” said Susan Nelson, co-leader of Troop 733. This year, 10 sixth-graders at Valley View Elementary School in Rocklin took time to plan and implement a charity dinner to benefit the Placer County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The Italian-theme charity dinner held last month at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Lincoln served 50 families and friends, with each guest giving donations for the Placer SPCA. In total, the troops donated more than $100 worth of gift cards and gift bags with pet food, toys and other items. “It was fun,” said 12-year-old trooper Shannon Nelson. “I was with the people that got to bring all the stuff to SPCA, and they were really happy. I learned that we actually really can do something to help the community, that there are a lot of animals that need help and people willing to help.” In recent years, Troop 733 has organized charitable activities to benefit needy families, senior citizens and homeless children throughout Placer County. In 2006, the troops sent backpacks with school supplies to the victims of hurricane Katrina. In 2007, they donated more than 200 craft bags for the patients at Pediatric Services at Sutter Roseville Medical Center and at the UC Davis Medical Center, and provided gently-used blankets and towels to the Gathering Inn, a homeless shelter in Placer County. The troops also organized Christmas caroling to local senior homes and donated funds from recycling water bottles to the Juliette Low Foundation. This year, the Placer SPCA has fewer animals than they normally have, Susan Nelson said. “I think it’s kind of exciting that people are now getting these dogs.”