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Eagle Scout earns his wings

Two PA Retailers Help Boy Scouts Earn Their Wings

Larry and Chris Drennen both achieved the rank of Eagle Scout when they were teenagers. Now, as owners of two stores in Pennsylvania—Oxford Feed & Lumber in Oxford and Brandywine Ace, Pet & Farm in West Chester—they want to help others accomplish that same milestone.

To become an Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must complete a service project, often involving some type of construction. The Drennen brothers set up a program where they offer to donate 20 percent of the cost of each Scout’s project and then sell the remainder of the materials to the Scout at cost. They also help Scouts design the project and compile an appropriate list of materials for the job. They’ve worked with nearly 18 different Boy Scout troops between their two stores, and estimate they’ve helped hundreds of Scouts over the past 15 years.

“We do quite a bit of community support; that’s one of the key tenets of our business,” Larry says.

“Scouting is strong in our area,” Chris says, “and we feel it’s a very worthwhile program to support.”

About Jesse Carleton

Jesse Carleton has visited independent hardware retailers, conducted original research on the industry and written extensively about the business of hardware retailing. Jesse has written for more than a dozen of NHPA’s contract publishing titles, all related to the hardware retailing industry. He also was instrumental in developing the Basic Training in Hardware Retailing courses now used by thousands of retailers across the country.

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