by Jenniffer WARDELL
BOUNTIFUL—It’s a decades-long tradition that tastes delicious.
Boy Scout Troop 220, a Bountiful-based troop that’s one of the oldest in the state, is holding their annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on March 10 from 3-8 p.m. in the gym of St. Olaf Catholic Church. Now in its 42nd year, the fundraising dinner gives the scouts the chance to work hard for the community’s support.
“This is a scout-run event attended by community members all over the Wasatch Front,” said Megg Morin, with the Spaghetti Dinner Committee. “The boys in the troop shop for the food, prepare the food, serve the food and clean up after. The adults are just standing by.”
Some of them, however, remember the days when they were the ones running around. Troop 220, which is sponsored by the Bountiful Elk’s Lodge, was originally founded in 1954.
“We have whole generations of families who have come through the troop and are in the troop today,” said Morin.
There are also scouts getting ready to join the troop in the future. Cub Scout Troop 3220 (sponsored by Bountiful Community Church) and 4030 (sponsored by St. Olaf Catholic Church/School) both feed into Troop 220, and because of that help out with the dinner. Though the Boy Scouts do the serving, the Cub Scouts serve as runners who monitor things like napkins and water on certain tables.
“You see these little Cub Scouts running around with the older boys,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
The boys also go door-to-door to help sell tickets to the dinner.
“They get some nos, but a lot of yeses,” she said. “The boys really enjoy it. It’s a great confidence builder.”
The troop also tries to make things fun for attendees as well. In addition to the dinner, the evening includes a silent auction featuring a variety of prizes donated by local businesses and organizations.
“It’s a best bid silent auction,” said Morin. “The community is always really supportive.”
This year, there will also be two prize drawings. Those attending the dinner can purchase tickets to win either a half a pig and a freezer, or half a pig and a smoker.
Even if you don’t participate in either the auction or the drawing, there are still plenty of chances to win.
“Door prizes will be awarded all night,” she said.
Tickets for attendees ages 12 and up are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. Tickets for attendees 4-11 are $6 at the door and $5 in advance. Children ages 3 and under are free. Tickets to participate in the prize drawing to win the pig are an additional $10.
To get advance tickets, either find a troop member in your community or call Morin at 801-243-6743. She will put you in touch with the nearest troop member and help arrange a purchase.
St. Olaf Catholic Church is located at 276 E. 1700 South in Bountiful. Parking is available nearby.