Purcellville Boy Scout Troop 39 has found a unique way to raise funds for their camp-outs and activities.
Rather than the usual popcorn or holiday wreath sales, the troop decided to channel the force – and about a million or more LEGO blocks.
On May 4-5 the troop, chartered to Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, will host Scouting for Bricks, an event that will feature more than 30,000 square feet of LEGO-related exhibits and merchandise.
The first day of the event will feature professionally costumed "Star Wars" Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion who will be celebrating May the Fourth Be With You day.
Joel Eager, 15 and Andrew Gleason, 14, are the co-event coordinators who have worked with the rest of the 36 troop members since January to organize vendors, design the exhibit floor plan, concessions and plan the exhibits.
"This has been a great project to help Scouts understand what is involved with project and event planning and fundraising," said Scoutmaster Joe Gleason.
The LEGO fan event has drawn the attention of top name LEGO- related vendors and exhibitors from as far away as California.
Brixalot will have more than 100,000 LEGO and DUPLO blocks, giving visitors a hands-on opportunity to play and create. Additional exhibitors include the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club, Abbie Dabbles, Brick Brigade, Bricks 4 Kids, Classic Plastic Bricks, Clone Army Customs, Play-Well, Snapology and The Great Adventure Lab. Ashburn Robotics will host a robotic scrimmage and the amazing Great Ball Contraption will be on display.
“The boys in the troop are very excited about Scouting for Bricks. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking of the coolest vendors and exhibits and it's awesome that so many are participating," said Gleason.
Gleason said the troops came up with the idea for a LEGO fan event by simply being fans themselves.
“Many of the boys in our troop are LEGO fanatics who frequently exhibit at and attend regional brick fairs, so we got the idea of hosting our own as a way for the boys to earn funds to cover camping equipment and activities.”
– Karen Graham contributed to this report.
If you go:
Scouting for Bricks will be held from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 4 and noon – 4 p.m. May 5 at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg. Tickets are $5 per person and available only at the door. For more information visit the event’s website at http://www.scoutingforbricks.com