Giving Back: Boy Scouts Use Scouting to Teach Importance of Service at Woodlawn

Schools alone can’t teach children resilience-the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity.  Scouting is designed to foster learning, team building, and personal responsibility for American youth.  Established in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations in the nation.  An educational program for youth of all ages to build character, the Boy Scouts is based on the principle of doing good deeds.  By developing civic responsibility and personal fitness, the Boy Scouts provides the guidance and leadership skills necessary to launch a successful course in life.

The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the the Boy Scouts program.  The rank shows that a Scout embodies the core qualities of trustworthiness, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, and courteousness.  A very significant accomplishment for any Scout, the Eagle rank can only be earned through demonstrated commitment to hard work.  Over the history of the Boy Scouts, just under two million boys have been recognized with this distinction that serves them throughout their lifetime.

On Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 a dedicated group of volunteers and our wonderful Eagle Scout set out to identify bronzes at the Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy.  Participants went plot by plot to mark out bronzes and their conditions, with particular focus on plaques and statues.  Within a matter of hours, nearly 250 bronzes were listed.

Thank you to our fabulous volunteers for braving the rain for this hands-on job!  Your work is incredibly valuable and you are an inspiration to us all.