FOREST CITY — Some very tired boy scouts are back home in Susquehanna County after getting the experience of a lifetime.
Four boys with Troop 419 from Forest City got the chance to volunteer at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C.
The scouts from Forest City were chosen through a lottery to volunteer at the inauguration. They were among the 750 boy scouts working the parade route in Washington D.C.
“We were stationed at the Navy Memorial and we had to make sure no one was disrespecting the memorial, so the boys were picking up garbage that people were leaving behind, asking people to step down if they were standing on the benches,” said Scoutmaster Marie Cabri.
For three of the boys, this was their very first trip to the nation’s capital. It left a lasting impression on all of them to get to be at the swearing-in ceremony.
“It was really cool to listen to what he’s saying while he’s saying it and not like on a recording miles and miles away and I thought that was cool,” said 14-year old Jason Fick.
“It was really exciting, never saw so many people, restaurants, never seen a street band before,” said 10-year old Quinn Kovaleski.
The boys admit working the parade route was a tough job, braving the bitter cold all day long, but now they’ve got a great story to tell friends.
“I’m going to tell them what I did and how fun it was listening to the president,” said 12-year old Thomas Profeta.
Isiah Canfield, 12, got stuck being in charge of the lines at the port-o-potties.
“Really it wasn’t that bad because there weren’t that many people going to the bathroom as I thought,” said Canfield. “I thought there would be like hundreds of people in the line, I was going to go, ‘oh jeez, single file lines.’”
Still to be part of history in the making, the boys say they would have taken any job offered.
“Hey don’t tip over that port-o-potty, someone’s in there,” said Canfield.
And it wasn’t all work; the boys made sure to sight-see, touring all the memorials.
They were able to pay for the trip to D.C. through fundraising.