Sneak Peek At The New Haunted Castle

By John W. Davis

September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A scary fundraiser. That is what the Haunted Castle has become for the Saint Vincent's Boy Scouts. Indiana's NewsCenter has your special video sneak peek.

In the 1970's, Troop 2 used to cut wood and deliver newspapers to raise money.

Now they scare people for fun(ding).

"We have a scout lodge, which is a pretty sizable building. Most troops don't have that and that was all funded by the Haunted Castle," said Troop Commitee Chairman Tom Martin.

"We also have our own property here that was funded by the Haunted Castle. We've also built the new Haunted Castle here all from the old Haunted Castle funds," said Martin.

The entire spooky and dungeonesque castle is staffed by volunteers.

Troop members are able to earn work credits, which earns them opportunities like: "white water rafting, the skiing, the canoeing, spelunking, you name it, this troop really participates in a lot of high adventure," said Keith Hedrick, who serves as the Haunted Castle's Gatekeeper.

The Saint Vincent Scouts organization has more than 300 members, consisting of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Venturing program for teenagers.

However, the real reason for the Haunted Castle, raising money to provide leadership and personal growth opportunities for young children.

"How to cooperate with other scouts so I'm better at talking with other people," said New Boy Scout Brandon Thuber.

"Sometimes they're a little bit nervous thinking they won't do it right but then after a while, they do it right and they start enjoying it", said Boy Scout Chris Thuber.

The new Haunted Castle opens on Friday, October 1.

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