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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