Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 24, 2013

Thank you! A job well done by the Scouts

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— A big “thank you” is in order for the hundreds of Boy Scouts who have been hard at work on multiple community service projects across Mercer, McDowell and Monroe counties over the past five days. Your hard work has made a big difference in communities across the region.

The 40,000 Boy Scouts in West Virginia as part of the 2013 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree completed all of their community service projects Tuesday. We will be sad to see them leave. What a difference these young men have made in our communities over the past couple of days.

Just look at all of the good the Scouts have completed in such a short span of time. For example:

• A troop from the Columbia, S.C., area found themselves working at the McNutt House in Princeton, cleaning up debris and building a new gazebo.

• A troop from Utah and another from Indiana spent an entire day last week working on various projects at the Glenwood Recreation Park, including cleaning up the playground, washing down the fisherman’s deck, building new walking trails and repairing the Calfee-Wall Cabin on the park site.

• Scout troops have also been hard at work on a number of school-improvement projects in the area, including at Whitethorn Primary, Athens School, Bluewell School, Brushfork Elementary and PikeView Middle School. Troops from Texas, Illinois, Louisiana and others helped clean up areas around the schools.

• A troop from Texas worked to repair a brick wall at the East River Mountain Overlook.

• Multiple troop units worked over a period of several days to rebuild and recreate the John Ellison House and living history museum in McDowell County.

• About 40 Boy Scouts, who call Mississippi home, worked to clean and revitalize the old Bushnell field in Vivian in McDowell County.

• A group of troops worked to expand trails and work on cabins at the Twin Branch Adventure Park in McDowell County.

• Another troop unit worked to construct 20 dog houses at the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

And the list of community service projects goes on and on. Jobs that would have taken town officials or community volunteers weeks if not months to undertake were completed by the Scouts in a matter of hours. And just where did all of these young Scouts come from?

The 10-day-long Scouting event had attendants from all over the world. And the Scouts performing the community service projects came from 24 different countries. Impressive!

What these young men have accomplished in a short span of five days will have a positive and lasting impact upon communities across southern West Virginia. We applaud and congratulate the youngsters on all of their hard work.