Fred Hyslop, Messenger of Peace Day of Service Coordinator

Beginning this morning Jamboree groups boarded buses and traveled to work on hundreds of carefully planned, community led service projects, as well as, work in the local park system as part of the Messengers of Peace Day of Service. All 24,000 Jamboree participants will serve in this massive humanitarian effort, reminding everyone of the daily good turn, but in a very big way. 

Fred Hyslop who coordinates the overall effort explained, “This is one of the poorest parts of the country, so these projects, although they may not seem important to us, are very important for the people we do the service work for. We will doing anything from fixing fences, painting, helping with trails, beautifying city environments, you name me do it.”

BSA partnered with the West Virginia Citizens Conservation Corp to build and restore trails in the adjacent National Park
Scouts who complete this service will be able to place this ring patch around their international Scouting patch.

More than one-hundred Jamboree troops will participate each of the next five days, which will allow each Scout an opportunity to get in on the Messengers of Peace Day of Service program. Because of this daily scheduling there should be little overcrowding at the work sites. Hyslop explained further, this “is an opportunity for every Scout who attends the Jamboree to go out into the local community and do service projects for many of the residents in a ten county area surrounding the Summit.”

He said that in the days before the Jamboree 30 projects were already completed by troops arriving early. Six hundred more will be completed between July 20–26. During these five days of the Jamboree nearly 23,000 additional Scouts and Scouters will participate in this “day of service.”

Schools were served with new walkways, landscaping and busing washing

Projects can range from painting structures in parks, brush removal and trail work in parks, working in the National Park adjacent to the jamboree site, landscaping, stone wall repair, helping restore a small mine community and mine office that now serves as a museum. There is definitely a wide variety of tasks for everyone to accomplish, showing the diversity in our service.

One of the project days will include those Scouts (and their troops) that require special mobility assistance. A special project effort is being developed in the National Park related to improving the park’s effort in accommodating visitors that have a mobility disability. We want these troops to be able to make a positive impact for all attendees, even those impaired.

In all, nearly 100,000 hours of service in 630 separate projects will be offered for the communities that surround the Summit Bechtel Reserve. But, the Scouts will also find an impact in their lives while serving the communities they work in.  

Darryl Alder
Darryl is a retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. These days he is a Scouting Ambassador and serves on the Council Membership and Marketing Committee. However, his pride in Scouting is his volunteer service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative, and Commissioner.

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