PRAIRIEVILLE — A Boy Scout troop trailer loaded with tents, lanterns and other camping gear accumulated and handed down over the years was stolen between Monday and Wednesday from the church property where it was stored, a parent said Thursday.
The theft was reported to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after a trustee of the New Song Methodist Church in Prairieville called the scoutmaster, Roger Dunn, to find out whether the troop had moved the 15-by-7-foot, white, unmarked trailer that had new tires, said Cindy Peterson, whose son is a member of Boy Scout Troop 67 in Ascension Parish.
The trailer, though, had been stolen, its lock cut, Peterson said.
“Not only did they steal a Boy Scout trailer, they stole it from behind a church,” said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The trailer was packed with tents, cooking gear, lanterns, a fire pit, canopies and an American flag that has flown over multiple campouts, Peterson said.
The trailer had just been painted, and plans were underway to add the Boy Scout logo to the side of it.
A camping trip was set for the weekend, with the boys planning to leave Friday, Peterson said.
“That’s pretty low. You go on church property and steal from the Boy Scouts,” Peterson said.
The Scout troop had recently begun meeting on the extensive grounds of the Prairieville church, she said.
The troop of about 10 sixth- and seventh-graders had weekly meetings inside the church building and also would practice different camping skills such as knot-tying at the trailer.
And for their once-a-month camping trips, the Scouts made sure everything inside the trailer — stored on the back of the church property — was ready, Peterson said.
The troop leaders estimate there was probably about $10,000 worth of equipment in the trailer, equipment that’s not insured, she said.
“We have made changes for the boys to still go camping this weekend,” Peterson said.
Some family tents will be used for the trip to a Mississippi campground, and the boys will stay for one night instead of two, she said.
There will be minimal cooking on a two-burner stove, and sandwiches will be brought along, she said.
The troop is hoping that whoever took the trailer thought there was lawn mower equipment inside, and once they see the true contents, will abandon the items somewhere where they can be recovered, Peterson said.
Especially the troop’s American flag. “They want that back,” Peterson said.
Anyone with information on the trailer or its contents is asked to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-8300, case No. 2015-15021.