A roundup of Veterans Day good deeds, plus other inspiring stories from the week

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Scouts have recognized Veterans Day for more than 100 years, and that tradition continued last weekend.

In Cordele, Georgia, Scouts presented the colors to kick off a ceremony at the Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park. Read more about their efforts in the Cordele Dispatch.

In Cypress, California, the local Scouts BSA troop joined hundreds of other community members in planting flags at the gravesite of every veteran and first responder at Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Cemetery. Learn more about this event in the Event-News Enterprise.

And in Northbridge, Massachusetts, a Cub Scout pack and a Scouts BSA troop commemorated the day with a flag retirement ceremony.

“We’re doing this for the town and to honor veterans that live here in our town,” says Scout Lucas Freniere in this story from Spectrum News 1.

Connecticut Scout’s project benefits local youth baseball league

Like many Eagle Scout candidates, Bennett Johnson wanted to give back to an organization that had given so much to him.

Johnson planned, developed and helped install a hitting station at the local baseball complex. The structure allows four batters to practice hitting at the same time.

The completed hitting station – which weighs over 1,000 pounds and uses 300-plus feet of lumber – now stands ready at the Little League complex for the next generation of West Hartford Little Leaguers to enjoy, all thanks to the efforts of a Little League alumnus.

Read more in this story from we-ha.com.

Cub Scout pack builds owl boxes for local park

Owls play an important role in the ecosystem by controlling the population of pests and small rodents. But that’s only if they have the right habitat.

A Pennsylvania Cub Scout pack teamed with a local park to install owl boxes, hoping to give the helpful predators a better chance of surviving.

“The Scouts met at the beginning of the year and reviewed a range of topics,” says adult leader Joshua Curry. “We encouraged them to achieve something bigger than themselves. Eventually they settled on building a habitat for birds.”

The Scouts acquired plans for a suitable habitat, collecting materials and tools, building the component parts, and finally assembling all the pieces and installing it in the park.

Read more in this story from Local News 1 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

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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.