Boy Scouts continue community service during pandemic

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by Sam Henry, Life Scout, Troop 1988

Although times have been tough for almost the last year, that has not stopped Boy Scout Troop 1988 from giving back to the community. Scouts still volunteered for the yearly Scouting for Food truck loading and helped landscape around The Black Rock Center for the Arts. Three scouts have also carried out various acts of kindness including handing out camp cards to firehouses, delivering food to Gaithersburg HELP and assembling backpacks for Adam’s Place Men’s Shelter in Washington, D.C.

During Scouting for Food, scouts volunteered to help load food into trucks. This food drive helps provide food for everyone in the DC Metropolitan area. Also, in December 2020, one of our scouts, Michael, distributed 126 camp cards to three different local firehouses. These cards include vouchers for different grocery stores and restaurants.

Additionally, two scouts completed their Eagle Projects during these unprecedented times! One of those projects included raising funds to supply diapers, food and other necessities to Gaithersburg HELP. Aside from these projects, other scouts volunteered to help with landscaping at The Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Scouts weeded, mulched and performed other tasks to help beautify the facility.

Although service has certainly been more of a challenge during the pandemic, it should not come to a complete stop. I can confidently say that Troop 1988 has stayed active in serving the community during these crazy times.

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