Frankfort boy scouts sleeping outside to raise awareness for homeless

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - On this cold Friday night, a group of boy scouts wanted to help those who don't have a place to warm up.

The scouts are sleeping on a sidewalk outside a Frankfort church, hoping to raise donations, and awareness for the homeless.

For the boy scouts of Troop One, camping is part of the fun.

"I enjoy getting to camp with the actual tent, I'm not used to this," scout Kienan Ramlee said.

Thats because they've traded in their tents for boxes and tarps, and living like the homeless.

"I have no idea if I'm going to be cold or not," scout Ben Bramble said.

"To be honest we've camped in a lot colder and worse conditions than this, but we've never camped in boxes with just tarps and right here in the middle of town, like this," Mike Lee, the scout master of Troop One, said. "I thought this was a good way to get us all more awareness than just running something in the paper saying we could use some donations."

The scouts' acts have inspired some in the community to come by with clothes and canned food, all to help the ACCESS Soup Kitchen, where it was only fitting that the scouts stopped for dinner.

"Going over to the soup kitchen, tonight, was an eye opening experience," Lee said.

"They say people think they're scary, but I don't see what's scary about them (the homeless). I think they're fine and cool," Bramble said.

Earlier Friday night, one donor gave a $1,000 check to the soup kitchen, in the scouts' honor.

The troop will be on the sidewalk outside First Christian Church in Frankfort until 7 a.m. Saturday. If you'd like to help you can send monetary donations to ACCESS at P.O. Box 1324 Frankfort, KY 40602 and put BSA Troop 1 in the memo line.

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