Medford Boy Scout's trailer, equipment stolen during Pear Blossom parade
While the Pear Blossom Parade is meant to be a day of celebration, it turned into an unfortunate incident for a Medford Boy Scout Troop 5 who had their trailer stolen during the festival.
After participating in the parade, the troop of 57 scouts picked up trash from the event as community service work. During that same time, one of their trailer was stolen from the Eastwood Baptist Church parking lot.
Inside it was restaurant grills used for their pancake breakfasts, which are their biggest fundraisers of the year. There were also propane tanks, a 35-gallon water container, and various camping equipment.
The stolen equipment is used for their events, including the annual Medford cruise and the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast in Eagle Point. The money raised from those events helps the boys of the troop, from 11 to 18 years old, purchase uniforms, equipment, their annual big adventure and camping trips.
While it has been an unfortunate incident, Troop 5 Advancement Chair and parent Rachel Ridge said the community has been very supportive.
"I'll say it's a setback," Ridge said. "I don't think it's a bad memory, because in the scheme of it, the community has really stepped forward, contacted us, shared our posts. With the bad, there was a lot of good to it."
Ridge said the stolen trailer and equipment inside is valued at $4,500. The troop has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help them replace the stolen items.