Aspiring Eagle Scout helps bring free pop-up hair salon to soup kitchen, plus other positive news in Scouting


With the help of Andrew Fazzone-Chettiar, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout, a Middletown soup kitchen in Durham, North Carolina, is launching a program to offer free hair services such as washing, cuts, styling, and shaves to those who cannot afford them. This program aims to help boost confidence among unhoused and unemployed individuals, enhancing their chances of employment. Andrew secured a $5,000 grant to set up the pop-up salon at the soup kitchen under the mentorship of Peter Keast, St. Vincent de Paul Middletown’s director of marketing and development.

The salon will comprise two barber chairs, a hair-washing station, and a storage shed. Initially, five stylists will volunteer for three days each month, which may increase to four to six times monthly based on the demand. Fazzone-Chettiar is working to complete the project by his 18th birthday, which coincides with his Eagle Scout ceremony.

Learn more about this story from the Middletown Press website.

Man honored for 70 years of service in Scouting

Donald Dennis, an 80-year-old man from Reno, Ohio, was recently awarded a 70-year service pin by the Boy Scouts of America. He joined Troop 207 at 10 and became an Eagle Scout in 1958. Over the years, he has helped approximately 75 Scouts achieve Eagle Scout status. Dennis has been active in various Scouting roles, including Region 4, Kootaga, Allohak Council and now the Muskingum Valley Council. Despite his age, he remains active in Scouting and enjoys pursuing his hobbies of restoring antique cars and collecting 1957 Chevrolets.

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Sheniece Chappell is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.