Scouts, Vancouver company team to build sheet-metal boxes

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Salmon Creek — Boy Scout Troop 14 has eight new aluminum patrol boxes for storing camping gear, thanks help from to Smith-Root Inc.

During the Vancouver fisheries technology company’s Christmas shutdown, Jeff Smith and other volunteers from Smith-Root helped the Scouts build the boxes. They also held a metal working merit-badge clinic introducing the Scouts to sheet-metal work.

The Scouts got to cut, weld and rivet the boxes together. Scout Blake Kitamura said building the boxes was “more fun than playing video games all day.” Another Scout, Cody Ormiston, added, “This was a long day and very hard work,” but was a good day, as well.