Trailer full of stolen camping equipment from the Springfield Boy Scout Troop

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Springfield Boy Scout Troop is searching for a missing trailer that was stolen earlier in the week.

The trailer contains thousands of dollars worth of equipment and tools. Troops value the items at around $10,000, and that doesn’t include the cost of the actual trailer itself.

Many Scouts were surprised that it was stolen, especially from the church. The trailer is usually located in the car park of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Troops 16 says this has never happened before.

Several Scouts in Troop 16 have been in the program for years.

“I absolutely love opportunities, and like all the friends I’ve made over the years,” said Ty Anderson Eagle Scout. “We love all the camps we do and love to help out with the community.”

Many of those memories and opportunities also include the troop trailer.

“The trailer is our home away from home,” said Troops Committee Chairman Aaron Van Amber.

Van Amber served as Chairman of the Troops Committee for nearly ten years. On Sunday, he stopped at Westminster Presbyterian Church before Monday’s event, but the trailer was not in its usual spot when he arrived.

I started calling the rest of the leaders asking, Do you have the trailer? Do you have the trailer? And one by one, everyone is like, “We don’t have that.”

The trailer contains everything from cooking utensils to tents.

“We use it at almost every camp we go to,” Anderson said. “She has everything for us.”

Troop commanders and members say the theft was surprising.

“Once the shock wore off, I was so frustrated that the Scouts had put so much hard work into our fundraising and other efforts to get the equipment we had,” Van Amber said. “And then for someone to just buckle up and go off with her, that’s pretty frustrating.”

The forces are still trying to work out future arrangements. Troop commanders exchanged news with parents, who passed the word on to their children.

“We haven’t had a meeting since this happened with the trailer,” Van Amber said. “So we haven’t had a chance to sit down with them and tell them face to face yet.”

The group holds a camping event at the end of the month, but the Scouts may have to bring some of their things. Other forces in the area also extended their hand, offering to exchange materials.

“The Scout community, we’re all very close,” Anderson said. “If someone needs help, we are always ready to help another group. So I am just happy that other groups are reciprocating towards us.”

Troop 16 has filed a police report and is asking the community to be on the lookout for its missing trailer. Troops try to determine which items are locked and what are not.

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