Boy Scouts Collect Instruments – Waupaca County Post
The Weyauwega troupe pays tribute to a deceased friend
By Greg Seubert
A local scout troop wants to put musical instruments in children’s hands and honor a deceased friend at the same time.
Weyauwega Troop 621 will be at the Howard Quimby Scout House on Ann Street in Weyauwega from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 30 to collect gently used instruments and cash donations.
Troupe member Ryan Ames, 16, committed suicide in December 2020. At the time, he was a junior at Weyauwega-Fremont High School and was working on his Eagle Scout project collecting instruments and donations for the Weyauwega-Fremont School District to use for families who could not afford to rent or buy instruments.
The troupe decided to pursue Ames’ project to make his vision a reality.
“Ryan wanted to combine his love of music with his love of scouting,” troop leader DeAnna Volz said. “He wanted to create a program that would refurbish used instruments and create funds for the purchase of new instruments for interested students despite their family’s ability to pay.
“He believed that every student should have the opportunity to play an instrument, to be part of the Weyauwega-Fremont School Orchestra, and to share in the fun, friendships, and skills that were so important to him,” she added.
The Weyauwega-Fremont High School Band will also perform at noon at the Scout House after Memorial Day events.
In addition to collecting instruments and donations on May 30, the troupe will also sell burgers and brats and hold a basket raffle.
Anyone interested in donating instruments, money or raffle items can contact Volz at 920-268-8926.