Ser­vice Project an Inspi­ra­tion
in So Many Ways

Alex Grif­fith, the 2010 Eagle Ser­vice Project  win­ner, set out to build a play­ground, but he end­ed up build­ing bridges of friend­ship between Rus­sia and Amer­i­ca.
Rus­sians often approached the Amer­i­cans to thank them, some­times with tears in their eyes.

Left­over mon­ey from Alex’s
project will help fund two addi­tion­al
play­grounds in Rus­sia, one at a tuber­cu­lo­sis hos­pi­tal and one at a hos­pi­tal for the men­tal­ly ill.

On the day of the grand open­ing, Chris­t­ian Posko and Zach Kraft promised to return to Kras­no­yarsk as adults to refur­bish the children’s hos­pi­tal. When they arrive, they may have Russ­ian Scouts to help them.

A year ago, no one in Kras­no­yarsk knew what Scout­ing was; now, every­one does. Khegay’s son, Max, even pledged to start a Cub Scout pack when his son gets old
enough in a few years.

And then there are the e-mails Alex has received from around the world. “I have received let­ters and e-mails from Scouts who now are plan­ning big­ger and more mean­ing­ful projects, and from adopt­ed
kids who now want to go back and do some­thing for their communities,”Alex said.

Per­haps the most touch­ing mes­sage, how­ev­er, had noth­ing to do with Scout­ing or play­grounds or adop­tion. It came from a father who had been strug­gling with his
son’s recent ADHD diag­no­sis.
“Read­ing that you also have ADHD
and what you were able to do made
some­thing in me shift from despair to hope just now,” the man wrote. “Tears are run­ning down my face as I write this; thank you for what you did. You not only helped those chil­dren, but gave me a glim­mer of the pos­si­bil­i­ties of my son’s future. Thank you and God bless you.”

It’s safe to say that He already has.—Mark Ray, free­lance writ­ter

These days, many won­der if Scout camp­ing and hik­ing has a place in today’s soci­ety. Oth­ers think youth sports is the answer, but me, I am still old-fash­ioned enough to believe that teach­ing youth to serve oth­ers builds char­ac­ter. The kind of char­ac­ter Amer­i­ca still needs. 

That was reaf­firmed this week when Scout­ing­Wire: Eagle Edi­tion arrived in my in-box. I real­ly was touched by the sto­ry of Blake Deaton, 2017 Eagle Project of the Year Win­ner, who knew he want­ed his Eagle Scout ser­vice project to help his broth­er and oth­er stu­dents with spe­cial needs.

He was fea­tured at BSA’s Annu­al Meet­ing, then his sto­ry appeared in Bryan on Scout­ing in May, which I read with inter­est. How­ev­er, it was the YouTube video attached to the sto­ry that got me going. Once clicked, the story’s of top Eagle Scout ser­vice projects from the last sev­en years were avail­able. 

I watched them all, but let me warn you, if you are boob like me, you bet­ter get some tis­sues before you watch these:

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