GEORGETOWN, Texas -- When something like the explosion in West occurs, it can be difficult to get back to life before disaster struck.
“These boys don't have a normal life, these boys have gone through something that only you and I can watch on TV,” said Georgetown Cub Scout Master Dewey Elsik.
He’s referring to the boy scouts in West, who had to cancel their trip to summer camp because they couldn’t raise the funds.
“They pay their way, but they can't do that now, because they don't have the ability to fundraise with everything else that's going on."
So 90 miles south, Elsik’s troop in Georgetown decided to do something to help.
“We went to Pack 64, which is our cub scout troop, and I said 'why don’t we do something?'"
That “something," according to Elsik, turned into an overwhelming response, thanks to several scouting organizations and his own employer, Trane.
“We were expecting about $3,000, which would put these boys in camp, and we ended up raising almost $7,000 dollars."
Check in hand, Elsik and his sons made the trip to West on June 3. “It was bad, and there was a lot of rubble and stuff,” said his son Ryan.
“When they went through West and looked at the damage, they understood why they're doing this,” Elsik said.
When they presented the check to the West scoutmaster, “he looked at the check, and he just kinda started getting weak at the knees, and all he said was 'Oh my God!’” recalled Elsik.
Now, more than a dozen boys will get to go to camp, some for the first time, and Elsik said it’s nothing the West troop wouldn't do if the shoe were on the other foot.
The West boy scout troop has pledged to spend the remaining money on local community projects.