Louisiana Scout constructs first responder memorial, and more inspiring news from this week

A screengrab from a TV interview with Eagle Scout candidate Jake Stuntz

There’s Adam Gaubert, a Louisiana State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty.

There’s Eugene Witek and Kyle Melancon, who both died from COVID-19 complications in 2020.

These are just a few of the names in the First Responder Memorial Garden, constructed by Scouts BSA member Jake Stuntz for his Eagle Scout project.

“My dad has been a firefighter since I was born and I wanted to do something that would not only recognize our fallen heroes but maybe would hit a little closer to home,” says Stuntz.

The memorial, which includes a wall with names of first responders who have died in the line of duty, was built right outside the Ascension Parish sheriff’s office.

“It’s an honor for me as a sheriff,” says Sheriff Bobby Webre. “It’s an honor for us as a sheriff’s office to be able to provide that place and have such a young man lead the charge on making this happen.”

Read more about this inspiring Eagle Scout project in this story from WAFB in Baton Rouge.

Mississippi BSA volunteer recognized for service

The Vicksburg Post newspaper recognizes a community volunteer each week, and a 13-year BSA leader is the latest to be featured.

“My favorite memory is when I was the course director for NYLT ( National Youth Leadership Training),” says Christopher Brown. “This course teaches scouts the skills to become better leaders. I saw at the end of this six-day training the self-confidence that Scouts gained.”

Read more in this story from the Mississippi newspaper.

It’s Spook-O-Ree season!

The Gateway Area Council’s Camp Decorah recently held is Halloween-themed event, which featured spooky activities mixed with traditional Scout program areas.

Learn more about the event at News8000.com.

Scouts help restore cabin that was damaged by vandalism

The cabin at Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff, Arizona, was commonly used for school field trips and other educational groups until vandals destroyed much of what made it so unique.

Thanks to money raised by the local Elks Club and the manpower of Scouts BSA members, the cabin is now ready to be used again.

The Scouts rebuilt and replaced doors and windows and added additional mortar between the log walls.

Read more about their efforts in this story from the Arizona Daily Sun.


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Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.