Scouts assist community with post-election cleanup, plus more good news from this week


Elections are complicated events to pull off, but a group of Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members from Wapakoneta, Ohio, made life a little bit easier for local officials at their election earlier this week.

The Scouts mostly provided the manual labor required to transport equipment and ballot bags to the second floor of the Auglaize County Board of Elections office, where they could be checked for accuracy and processed.

“We have a lot of youthful energy in these kids, and there’s a lot of heavy ballot bags to carry upstairs”, said Tom Finkelmeier, the chartered organization representative for Wapakoneta First Church, which sponsors both units.

Read more about their efforts in this story from the Wapakoneta Daily News.

Scouts team up with police to provide safe spot for “blessing box”

A blessing box is a small storage area for nonperishable goods such as foods and personal hygiene products. Citizens can drop off supplies, and other citizens can take what they need.

When Eagle Scout candidate Wyatt Reavis of Kinston, N.C., was looking for a place to install a blessing box, he decided to partner with the local police department so people could use the box at all hours and always feel safe.

“I feel grateful and peaceful about it, just to see the amount of food that’s been taken already, it’s helping the community and somebody’s eating when they need it,” said Major Kevin Jenkins with the police department.

Read more about this project in this story from WCNT 9 On Your Side, or watch the video below.

After trip to Washington, D.C., veterans welcomed home by Scouts

Badger Honor Flight is a non-profit program that helps veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and terminally ill veterans from any war get to Washington and back to see the memorials erected in their honor.

When a group of veterans from Wisconsin recently returned from their flight, local Scouts were there to greet them.

Read more in this story from The Courier newspaper.

BSA council teams with blood center to help local food banks

Oklahoma’s Last Frontier Council has teamed with a local blood center to raise funds for the council’s Scouting For Food drive.

When citizens donate blood and say they want to support Scouting at any local Our Blood Institute location, the blood bank will donate funds that go toward Scouting For Food.

“We are excited to help Scouts, their families and supporters fulfill their ‘Be Prepared’ motto as they help the blood supply and food pantries across our community especially as we enter the holiday season,” says Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Our Blood Institute.

Read more about this joint effort in this story from The Norman Transcript newspaper.

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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.