'21 Stories for Scouts': News 8's Emily Noonan rappels down First Federal Building

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Adrenaline junkies have the opportunity to rappel down the First Federal Building in downtown Rochester Friday -- and it's all to raise money for the Boy Scouts.

News 8's Emily Noonan took part in the event -- click the video player above to watch!

Proceeds from the annual 21 Stories for Scouts fundraiser support low income at-risk youth in the Seneca Waterways Council Boy Scouts of America program. 

Currently, there are 1,235 youth in the City of Rochester urban scouting programs, including scouts in 36 after school programs.

Those who want to participate, are asked to make a $1,000 contribution - collected pledges with a personal fundraising page or an outright donation to the Seneca Waterways Council. 

In return, you can rappel 21 stories or 309 feet down the facade of the First Federal Building in Rochester.

Eight years ago this unique event was designed to raise money for scouting programs for children in low income communities. 

Executive Director of the Seneca Waterways, Stephen Hoitt says they have now raised close to 400 thousand dollars. 

He says the repelling means so much more than just the donations. 

"It really exemplifies what we do in scouting and so it's not only to raise money but to show people what we do as scouts and helping kids push themselves beyond their boundaries," said Hoitt.

Hoitt says as long as the interest continues so will the tradition of going over the edge. 



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