Category Archives: Community Service
One of my favorite events we do as a district is to place flags on the graves of our fallen Veterans. It is hosted by our Order of the Arrow Chapter and open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. In recent years we have done this service for a cemetery in NW Oklahoma City. When I called this year to let them know we were coming they informed me that they had agreed to allow a different group to do it. Needless to say the Scouts in our OA Chapter were disappointed when we told them we would not be doing it this year. On Tuesday, we got a call from Fairlawn Cemetery asking us if we could help them put out flags. Without hesitation we agreed. We had a light turnout but not too bad for 48 hours notice. While there I made an arrangement to do this every year for the cemetery. The Scouts will be happy to know we have a permanent place to honor our nations veterans for years to come!
Last weekend I finally got to feel that warm, fuzzy feeling that every Boy Scout parent looks forward to, a complete Eagle project. With football season finally behind us he was able to get things scheduled do the work. Drew tried to complete it in October but there was an event at the camp so we had to reschedule. Thirty eight people from the Troop, Crew and my work in addition to family showed up to help. It only took us about 4 hours and everything was complete. I was very thankful that we had so many people show up and give their time to make it possible. Next up, final Eagle board in December.
Living in Oklahoma can be a real blessing at times but a real nightmare at others. It is typically decent during most of the ‘winter’ with high temps in the 40’s and 50’s. The trade off is summer time temps usually around 100° and rain no where in sight. Those two things combined turn Oklahoma into a tinder box.
This last week we had several wildfires and many people lost their homes. A fellow Scouter in Luther, OK lost her entire home, all while she was in Michigan attending NOAC. This got me to thinking about how I could help.
On Saturday, we received an email from the Last Frontier Council that the American Red Cross has asked the Boy Scouts to build 250 Sifter Boxes for the fire victims to use to search the remains of their houses. Without hesitation I called the contact and asked what I could do to help. We made arrangements to get everything purchased and setup a time on Sunday to build the boxes. I emailed our Troop and Crew and he included our build in a council email and we were all set.
On Sunday morning I went with another Scouter and my two sons and we purchased all of the supplies for the build. Later that afternoon we had 40+ Scouts and Scouters show up at our house to build the boxes. We had Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers working together towards one goal. We had committed to making 40 boxes and I figured it would take most of the day but to my surprise we were done and headed to deliver them to the red Cross in just over two hours.
It was a fun and meaningful project and just another reason I am proud to be part of the Boy Scouts of America!