Scouts spread holiday cheer, and more inspiring stories from the week

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Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members from the Alamo Area Council in San Antonio, Texas, spread some holiday cheer recently.

The Scouts sang holiday carols at their local police department, then did the same at a nearby senior living facility.

Read all about their efforts in this story from KSAT San Antonio, or watch the video below.

Police sergeant advises people to “be like a Scout” when driving in the winter

When Jesse Grabow isn’t serving as a sergeant for the Minnesota State Troopers, he’s serving as Scoutmaster for his son’s Scouts BSA troop.

When asked for advice on driving safely in winter, Grabow couldn’t help but fall back on his Scouts BSA training.

“The Scouts’ motto is, ‘Be Prepared,’” Grabow wrote in the Ask a Trooper Q&A section of his local newspaper. “During the winter months, being prepared becomes even more important. … Be prepared and have a plan; doing both could save your life.”

Read more of Grabow’s advice on driving safely in winter in this story from St. Cloud Live in St. Cloud, Minn.

Cub Scout pack visits firemen’s retirement home

Cub Scouts from Pack 69 in Boonton Township, New Jersey, recently visited residents of their local firemen’s retirement home, meeting local heroes and engaging them in fun and games.

Learn more in this video from News 12 New Jersey.

Scouts clean up abandoned cemetery

In Adams, Tennessee, there’s an old cemetery believed to be the resting place of the first generation of freed slaves in the county.

When the abandoned cemetery needed some repair, local Scouts showed up to help out.

Troop 144 in Springfield, Tenn., helped with brush removal and removed an old fence that had long ago fallen down. The Scouts also cleaned up the headstones and leveled some of the grounds that had sunken in.

“It’s an over 100-year-old neglected cemetery, so it was in pretty bad shape,” said a local resident. “I want to say the latest date on the tombstone was 1911, the last burial.”

Read more about the Scouts’ efforts in this story from the Robertston County Connection newspaper.

Cub Scouts earn certificate of appreciation from their township

A month ago, we told you about Cub Scout Pack 97 from Pennsylvania, which planned and built a habitat for owls at a local park. (Scroll down to the bottom of this story for more.)

The Washington Township supervisors were so impressed with their work, they’ve awarded them a certificate of appreciation.

“These are very sharp kids,” said a city official. “Their parents and leaders should be very proud of the work they did, and the impact it will have in the area.”

Read more in this story from Local News 1.


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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.