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COLUMBUS — With chilly weather outside, folks were invited to warm up with chili inside.

For Boy Scouts of America Troop 212 in Columbus, Tuesday night was not only about fundraising for their summer camp, but also learning how to serve others through its annual chili feed.

Eight-year-old Spencer Schott cleared his voice before excusing himself very politely. “Would you like a refill," he asked one attendee. "How about you,” he said, pointing to the person in the next seat. “Would you like a refill?” he said before delightfully skipping away, singing under his breath, “It’s back to work I go.”

Though still just a Cub Scout serving at a Boy Scout event, he was proud to be waiting on tables to help out his older brother’s troop. It’s service like this that Scoutmaster Kevin Whited hopes to instill in his Scouts through events like this.

“Part of Boy Scouts is their service. For each rank, they have to put in service hours, and this doesn’t even count as part of that,” said Whited, who has been involved with the troop for seven years and led for two years.

Members of the troop earn their merit hours by assisting with events like the American Legion’s fish fries, helping put up and take down flags on Memorial Day, or through volunteering with certain organizations.

More than 300 people attended the chili feed, which Whited and his troop served, with 14 roasters of homemade chili and eight roasters of homemade chicken noodle soup available. A plethora of desserts were donated by the parents.

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