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Good Turn for the Manor during the Onteora 60th Reunion Weekend

The Onteora Alumni Association held an alumni weekend celebrating 60 years of camping at Onteora Scout Reservation. Over 135 campers of all ages participated in a weekend full of hiking, archery, shooting sports, ATV hikes and aquatics.  They also performed a Good Turn for the Livingston Manor Food Pantry in memory of a late Onteora staff member who worked tirelessly across America to combat food insecurity in local communities.  

Tony “Tonce” Marren was an OAA member and Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow who passed away this year after a valiant battle with cancer.  Tony had a lifelong dedication to Onteora and also had a vision about serving others with a program he founded called “Operation Just One Can”.  Simply put, if everyone in a community just donated one can of food, the hundreds or thousands of cans would be available to those in need.  For more information about the programs, visit the websiteExternal Link or read the article that featured the goals of the program in the Christian Science MonitorExternal Link

To celebrate the spirit of Tony’s vision and his generosity to the camp over many year,  we organized a collection called "A Ton for Tonce” to make food or cash donations during the 60th Anniversary weekend at Onteora.   Over 300 pounds of food was collected, and $ 1700 was donated to the pantry from all the alumni attending the weekend.  A note from Sharon Jersey, an assistant to Pastor Francis Waite praised the efforts of the weekend and of the donations made throughout the summer by our units attending camp.  

In our response to the note from Ms. Jersey, it was explained that Good Turns and Scouting for Food shows our scouts that they are part of a larger plan, and that the twelve points of the Scout Law are a worthy plan to conduct their lives.  Our weekend drive is  a "teachable moment" for "A Scout is helpful", " A scout is friendly", and "A scout is kind".    Tony Marren, in whose memory we conducted this drive, would have been both awed and humbled that his idea about "Operation Just One Can" will have life beyond his own. 

Bully to our alumni, volunteers, and scouts who attended the weekend and made the drive a success!


One of the several deliveries made to the church during the weekend. 


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