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Scouts looked to GoFundMe after bear attacks campsite

By Don Fennell

Published 2:48 PDT, Wed October 30, 2019

A black bear caused havoc for a group of Richmond scouts recently, leading to the successful launch a GoFundMe page to purchase five new tents.

The scouts and leaders were camping at Mount Seymour Provincial Park Group Campsite on the Thanksgiving long weekend, when the bear came upon their tents and completely destroyed them. Luckily, all of the scouts were in the cabin at the time and everyone was safe.

The group camps three or four times each year, and the tents are essential for every trip. The next camp is scheduled for January 2020, so funds to replace the tattered tents needed to be raised before then.

“Please support us so we can continue to take our scouts to experience the nature, learn new skills, and make lasting memories,” was the initial message posted.

Heidi Suen of the 3rd Richmond Sea Dragon Sea Scout troop was happy to pass along that they received “tremendous” support from the community, surpassing their fundraising goal within a week.

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