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Troop 400 a big part of GOSF
Boy Scout Troop 400 won the people's choice award again for best dessert. The Troop sells more than 400 servings of peach cobbler made in Dutch ovens during the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival. - photo by Ted O'Neil

Whether it’s their award-winning peach cobbler or their trash collection efforts, the maroon and gold T-shirts of Boy Scout Troop 400 are omnipresent at the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival.

The cobbler, made in Dutch ovens over charcoal — just like the Scouts would do on a campout — won the people’s choice award again this year for best dessert.

A serving is $6, $7 with a scoop of ice cream. It has been a staple at the seafood festival since before the event moved to J.F. Gregory Park.

Former Scoutmaster Phil Corbin, who helped start the troop at Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, said they sell more than 400 servings, or about 150 total cobblers. Money raised from the sales helps pay for the ingredients, and anything left over helps support the troop’s outings.

For about the past dozen years, Troop 400 has also volunteered to collect trash during the seafood festival.

Corbin said they collect about 30,000 pounds of refuse throughout the weekend, going through 1,200 30-gallon trash bags.

They end up filling two industrial-sized dumpsters.

“By Sunday morning we have to use a front-end loader to compact it down,” he said.

Once the GOSF ends Sunday afternoon, the troop walks the entire park picking up any additional trash and sweeps up under the pavilion.

Wes Brown, a member of the GOSF committee who is involved with the troop, said festival-goers are a big help.

“For the most part the crowd helps by using the garbage cans,” he said. “It can be a pretty stinky job though, especially with all the food in the trash cans when it gets hot out.”

John Wilson, another adult volunteer with the troop, said the parents who volunteer set a good example for the Scouts.

“We must be doing a good job because the Chamber keeps asking us to return,” he said.

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