Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 16, 2012

Boy Scout Jamboree project list finalized for region

By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — For the complete list of Boy Scout Day of Service projects click here.

Officials have announced the selection of nearly 80 service projects to be completed across the region next summer as part of the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree.

The projects were announced Monday by officials with the Citizens Conservation Corps (CCC) of West Virginia and the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative as part of the Boy Scout Jamboree’s Days of Service. A total of 39 services projects were approved in Mercer County, 19 projects in McDowell County and 21 in Monroe County.

Aly Goodwin Gregg, a spokesperson for The Initiative, said each of the chosen projects were carefully vetted.

“The process was very deliberate and specific,” Gregg said. “Each project that was selected was vetted by the CCC and then approved the Boy Scouts of America to ensure the project fit within the mission, that it represented scout value and that the scouts would take something away from this project. The goal is for the scouts to get a sense of the importance of volunteering in local communities.”

Gregg said some projects will require more time and labor than others.

“Some are one-troop projects and some will require different troops over a multitude of days,” Gregg said. “These are the projects that we are going to get done. It is important for people to know the service and conservation corps are coming together from across the country to get these projects completed as well.”

Gregg said just because a project was not selected for the Boy Scouts Day of Service does not mean the project will not be completed through the CCC at a later date.

“One of the things the CCC has done is made a personal outreach to any project that was not selected,” Gregg said. “There has been an ongoing dialogue between the CCC and nominees and sponsors of these projects. They have been made aware that these projects may not work for the scouts, but may work somewhere else. In addition, the CCC is conducting a two-week comment period for people to give us feedback about the projects that were or were not selected.”

Some of the approved projects in Mercer County include construction of a picnic shelter and preliminary construction of a ball field at Athens School, repairing an iron fence at Bramwell Presbyterian Church, repair work at Lotito City Park in Bluefield, repairs at the East River Mountain Overlook, guardrail and painting projects at Princeton City Park, construction of a garden and greenhouse at Straley Elementary and cleaning the Sun Valley Ruritan Club parking lot. The construction of several trails has also been placed on the agenda in Mercer County including a walking trail at Bluefield Middle School and walking paths at Glenwood Recreation Park.

In McDowell County, some of the selected projects involve renovations the exterior of the Davy City Hall, brush clearing at Anawalt Lake, as well as painting dugouts, bleachers and scoreboards at the Elkhorn Creek Watershed Association. Several McDowell County projects also feature clean-up, beautification, and tombstone straightening at Cemeteries No. 5 and No. 10 in Gary.

Some of the projects approved in Monroe County include landscaping and repairs to the Lindside United Methodist Church and Lindside Volunteer Fire Department, removing vegetation at Peterstown Middle School, maintenance to Rock Camp-Wikel Ruritan Club, beautification projects at the old Rehoboth Church, and painting quilt squares in downtown Peterstown.

Robert Martin, chief executive officer of the CCC said the response to the call for projects was overwhelming.

“We are thrilled with the response from southern West Virginia for The Initiative,” he said. “Our process began by identifying a champion to spearhead our efforts in each county so we could ultimately launch the largest five-day volunteer initiative in our nation’s history. The Initiative represents a tremendous opportunity for our state. With the incredible support of our nine county champions and the national backing of AmeriCorps and the national CCC, we completed 18 demonstration projects this summer. These demo projects showed the citizens of the nine counties that these projects are real, the volunteers are engaged and opportunities are being realized.”

An estimated 40,000 scouts, local volunteers and officials with the CCC will work together during the summer of 2013 through nine counties across southern West Virginia to complete 300,000 hours of labor and more than 350 total service projects.

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com