Re: EAGLE SERVICE PROJECTS
David G. Hills (Adcdave@AOL.COM)
Thu, 16 Nov 1995 11:16:31 -0500
I agree with Cliff.
The key is leadership. About ten or twelve years ago a story made the
national news concerning a Scout dying of bone cancer. I don't remember all
of the details, but he had to have a project that he could do from the
hospital, he met the hospital person in charge of obtaining blood donors, and
decided to help her out. He proposed finding 100 new donors. The hospital
person said it would be too difficult, and suggested reducing it to 50, but
he was adamant. The project was approved, and he organized a public
education program by telephone, using his troop, family and school friends.
When the goal of 100 was met, the paperwork was rushed through, and the
Eagle Court of Honor was held in the hospital auditorium, because he was too
sick to leave his bed. At the end of the ceremony a member of the troop
announced that donor number 200 had just left the hospital. Over 300 donors
participated before the boy died. I think that this epitomizes the Eagle
project requirements for leadership and community service.
As for the cemetary project. We had a similar project in my community, where
we have an old Jewish cemetary. There is no synagog here, and none of the
families represented in the cemetary have living members in the area. The
clean up and restoration of this cemetary, and the resultant newspaper
coverage, gave the whole community a sense of the history of the place, as
well as performing a service for the families unable to do it themselves.
Dave Hills, ADC Fort Pitt District, Greater Pittsburgh Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City