Hi! It’s me, Simon, again, logging in to share some great stories of units in the past several months.
Several units in our council have been awarded the Beacon Award. It’s a great award that honors units who have received positive attention by local media and communities for their hard work. You see, reaching out to help others not only makes you feel good, but it helps boost the images of the Boy Scouts of America. Pretty cool, if you ask me! For more information on how to earn the Beacon Award, visit http://skcbsa.org/skc_all_advancement_awards.php.
Without further delay, here are Beacon Award recipients:
Pack 456 EARNS BEACON AWARD
Cub Scout pack garners attention for its goodwill gesture
Columbus, OH (May 22, 2012) –– Instead of focusing on the latest and greatest toys they would receive from Santa Claus last Christmas, members of Pack 456 used their artistic talents to make the lives brighter of injured Marines, earning them a Beacon Award.
In collaboration with Saint Mary School, 26 Cub Scouts from Pack 456 contributed drawings, paintings and colorings with pictures and messages supporting the Marines. Artwork contributed by the youth was collected by the Art for the Wounded Warriors Project, a nationwide project sponsored by the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The artwork was then distributed to facilities where Marines are recovering from injuries worldwide, in coordination with the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment.
In December 2011, the unit and students from Saint Mary School hosted an art show to showcase their pieces prior to submitting them to the museum and Wounded Warrior Regiment. Their work earned the Scouts and students an article in the “German Village Gazette.”
TROOP 417 EARNS BEACON AWARD
Boy Scout Troop takes on menacing weed
Upper Arlington, OH (May 22, 2012) –– Armed with pruning shears, saws, loppers and work gloves, Troop 417 cleared invasive honeysuckle at Charing Ravine Park last fall, grabbing the attention of a local government publication and earning the unit a Beacon Award.
In August 2011, the unit teamed up with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help control the spread of honeysuckle in the Upper Arlington park. Honeysuckle, according to the ODNR, is a non-native, fast-growing trailing or climbing woody vine, which, if left to spread, would damage native plant populations and overweigh tree tops.
The unit has committed to removing honeysuckle from all Upper Arlington Parks, according to Scoutmaster Vern Margard. Since making the commitment, the unit has put in more than 200 man hours in clearing honeysuckle.
In addition to clearing honeysuckle, the troop recently garnered local media attention thanks to Alex Van Schoyck’s Eagle project. Alex’s idea of honoring his late grandmother, an avid tennis fan, by building a picnic area near the tennis courts at Jones Middle School, earned him an article in the “Upper Arlington News.”
TROOP 4 EARNS BEACON AWARD
Licking District unit earns award for clean-up efforts in Licking River
Newark, OH (May 22, 2012) –– The ecosystem of parts of the Licking River in Newark are healthier now, thanks to a Licking District unit.
Members of Troop 4 assisted the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation Agency last fall during the Licking River Round-Up, clearing stretches of the river, in an effort to beautify the area. Debris such as shopping carts and discarded tires were removed from the river by the members.
Several Troop 4 members and their families were featured in photographs alongside an article about the event in the “Newark Advocate,” as well as on the newspaper’s website. Scouts from the unit also were interviewed for the Licking County Soil and Water newsletter and website.
TROOP 390 EARNS BEACON AWARD
Chief Logan District unit earns award for its help on a distressed property
Greenfield, OH (May 31, 2012) –- In an effort to help beautify the community in preparation for a local event in June, members of Troop 390 recently assisted in cleaning up around a distressed home.
With supplies donated by the Highland County Recycling and Litter Prevention agency, the troop tackled the trash and overgrown yard of an abandoned property on Seventh Street in Greenfield. The unit filled eight large recycling bags filled with trash as well as mowed the property’s lawn.
Their hard work and determination to help improve the property sparked the interest of passers-by, one of whom stopped and offered assistance.
The clean-up effort was prompted by the community’s anticipated community yard sale, which will take place over the span of two days in June. The local newspaper, the “Times-Gazette,” featured the project in an article earlier this month.