BIDDEFORD — Aluminum cans and glass bottles clinked as they were tossed into a bin on Saturday morning. For local scouts, it was the sound of money in the bank, one returnable at a time.
Boy Scout Troop 308 members held a bottle and can drive on Saturday, collecting returnables at Biddeford Bottle and Can Redemption Center on Alfred Street and in local neighborhoods.
John Marcotte, owner of the redemption center, said he was happy to help the local scouts with their fundraising efforts.
The weather was a bit chillier than it had been in a while, but 11-year-old Baylee Cheetham-Wilmot enthusiastically tossed a grocery bag of empty bottles and cans into the bin, not forgetting to say “thank you.”
“We let the boys run the program,” said Scoutmaster Dan Bastarache. “It’s their program.”
The troop has 23 registered scouts, ages 11 through 18.
Proceeds from the bottle drive were going to help fund troop expenses, including registration for summer camp at Camp Hinds.
Scouts teamed up with adults to form groups and then set out on different routes to collect bottles and cans, covering the areas of Cathedral Oaks Drive, Village Lane and Sevigny Avenue.
The drive was advertised on local media outlets to give people in the neighborhoods a heads up on the event, said Bastarache. He said the group hopes to have bottle drives in other neighborhoods in the future. Bottle drives help the scouts earn some money while teaching them about recycling, said Bastarache.
“It helps put the ‘outing’ in scouting,” said Bastarache. “It engages them in the community.”
Boy Scout Troop 308 is over 75 years old. Anyone interested in more information on scouting can contact Bastarache at 284-5195 or dpbastarache@gmail.com.
 — Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.


Boy Scout Troop 308 Senior Patrol Leader Yuriy Reiter and troop members Baylee and Devin Cheetham-Wilmot stand next to a collection bin at Biddeford Bottle and Can Redemption Center Saturday morning. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

Boy Scout Troop 308 Senior Patrol Leader Yuriy Reiter and troop members Baylee and Devin Cheetham-Wilmot stand next to a collection bin at Biddeford Bottle and Can Redemption Center Saturday morning. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

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