On Saturday, June 29, Oneonta Cub Scout Pack 53 took to heart one of the principles of the Cub Scout oath which states, “To help other people at all times.” The scouts are encouraged to look around in their own community for ways to make a difference.
With this in mind, the group determined that Woodland Park needed a pick-me up. Five pack members, Cubmaster Bret Stephenson, and a couple of parents, set out on an expedition to give Woodland Park an overhaul.
Jayden Abbott, Dillon Dunn, Braden Stephenson, Kyler Abott, and Jett Wilson began their service project by walking the park grounds, picking up trash, limbs, and other debris that was seen as a trip hazard. Tree limbs were placed by the road for pickup, while all the trash collected was placed in bags and taken away by the group.
The merry-go-round was revived with a fresh coat of bright red paint. The scouts also picked up trash along a portion of First Avenue East, which is located right behind Alabama Power.
According to Stephenson, “The kids were really eager to do something rewarding. The reward of helping the community and learning to be great leaders is what it is all about.”
Round two of the service project will be completed in the near future. It includes painting the jungle gym.
Oneonta Cub Scouts meet at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. Cub scout members range from kindergarten to fifth grade. Anyone interested in more information can visit the Oneonta Cub Scouting Facebook page.