Community Service

Why Do Service Projects?

seminole service project 2004In the Summer of 2004, most of our current Scouts in Troop 608 weren’t even in school yet — they hadn’t even begun to think about Cub Scouts.

That same Summer, a small group of Boy Scouts from Troop 608 went to Spanish Trail Scout Reservation for Summer Camp. This group of Scouts worked on  a service project for the camp – hopefully one that would have a lasting impact on future campers.

What does this have to do with our current Scouts?

Last weekend, our Scouts camped in Seminole at Camp Euchee. This was the same site our summer campers were in in the Summer of 2004. Our Scouts this weekend saw the service project that was done nearly nine years ago (and have likely seen it many times without realizing who had built it).

Yes, Scouts from 608 built the brick fire ring at Seminole.

The takeaway is that while we might not think the service projects that we work on will have lasting value, they often touch many more lives than we might imagine as we are doing the work.

I know that Mr. Akerman is challenging you to do more service in the upcoming months. As you’re doing the work, try to remember how these projects can have a lasting impact on the people who we’re serving – even if it’s something as basic as arranging a circle of bricks.

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