2012-02-24 / Community

Boy Scouts honor former leader through Sunday lunch benefit

Robert Grimaud Fund is a memorial to father of three Eagle Scouts
By Darleen Principe darleen@theacorn.com


BE PREPARED—Boy Scouts from Troop 604 of Moorpark take to the woods in one of many activities. The troop will host a food truck fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Feb. 26 at the Moorpark Presbyterian Church to support the Robert Grimaud Fund, named for a former local Scoutmaster. BE PREPARED—Boy Scouts from Troop 604 of Moorpark take to the woods in one of many activities. The troop will host a food truck fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Feb. 26 at the Moorpark Presbyterian Church to support the Robert Grimaud Fund, named for a former local Scoutmaster. Robert Grimaud was an energetic and caring father, a devoted member of the church and an inspirational leader with the Moorpark Boy Scouts.

But when the 42- year- old man died from a sudden heart attack 12 years ago, his three young sons, who were active members of Boy Scout Troop 604, were left without a father.

Yet in a time of tragedy, the troop rallied around Grimaud’s widow, Donna, and the couple’s three sons. The troop continued to support the boys until each one achieved Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the organization.

“ They were mentors and friends,” Donna Grimaud said. “They were there to volunteer if my kids needed to go somewhere. If we needed help doing something, or needed scholarships to go on (Boy Scout) trips, they were able to go without having to worry about (paying for) it.” O ver the years Grimaud’s sons—now 25-year-old James, 23-year-old Todd and 22-yearold Michael—grew into wellrounded adults, their mother said.

“My kids really benefited from being there,” she said. “It gave them role models, gave them friendship, and taught them ideas of what men do. They’re (the troop) mentors they (the sons) still have now.”

Troop 604—now in its 20th year— recently memorialized its former volunteer leader with a special fund.

The Robert Grimaud Fund helps subsidize the costs of activities and trips for Scouts who might otherwise be unable to afford participating, said Greg Gillis-Smith, a leader in the organization.

“The troop really surrounded Rob and his family,” Gillis- Smith said. “The troop really came together and were committed to be a part of their lives. And we try to continue that by helping other Scouts.”

This Sunday, the Moorpark Presbyterian Church, which sponsors Troop 604, will host a Boy Scout Sunday fundraiser in the church parking lot.

Scouts from Troop 604 will serve as ushers during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services at the church.

And at 10:30 a.m., the troop will join Haunt Dawgz Gourmet Food Truck, For Heaven’s Cakes bakery and Me-N-Ed’s Pizza in a lunchtime event open to the community.

All proceeds will go into the Robert Grimaud Fund. The troop’s goal is to raise $1,000 on Sunday.

Gillis-Smith, whose 15-yearold son Paul achieved the Eagle Scout rank with Troop 604 last week, said the money will go toward helping Scouts in need to attend backpacking trips, overnight camping, fishing day trips and other activities.

Scouts with the troop also go bike riding, hunting and mountain climbing and take trips to the theater as well.

“Some people think Scouting is just about tying knots, or helping ladies cross the street,” Gillis-Smith said. “But what Boy Scouts is today is a leadership program. We’re teaching boys to become strong leaders and to become men. The activities are just used as a vehicle to teach them these important things.”

This Sunday’s fundraiser is open to the community from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road.

The troop is also inviting all Eagle Scouts, young and old, to attend worship services for a special recognition program.

“We want it to be open to anyone who had Boy Scouts as a meaningful part of their life,” Gillis-Smith said.

For more information, visit www.mppres.org or call (805)529-8422.

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