Cub Scout Pack 119, Barkley Elementary, is leading a strong charge forward and building lasting relationships with local community groups in order to help those that are in need.
Whether it’s cleaning up the landscape or providing food or services to those in need, our Pack will roll up their sleeves in order to make a difference in the community we reside. Not only do we want to do good for our community, our Cub Scout program is designed to build and instill positive character development, promote community involvement and teach good moral values as a way to achieving one’s goals in life.
Our most recent example is teaming up with the Seventh Wonder organization, a local environmental nonprofit group, on April 6 to participate in the second annual planting of the Reservoir Park Community Garden.
“The hope is that we grow some amazing things and provide the ‘fruits of our labor’ to the local food banks, who will then distribute food to those in need within our great community,” said Pack 119 Committee Chairman Ralph Cockerham.
The scouts will now help maintain the garden from time to time throughout the summer. Scouts who participate will even be able to take home a small share and taste their hard work. At the end of the day, we hope this opportunity will help teach many new things about growing vegetables, working with and strengthening community ties, and sharing local fresh and healthy food with those in need.
Not only did we have cub scouts assist, but moms, dads and siblings joined in on the action. Phoenixville Boy Scout Troop 58 also came out to help.
We picked up trash, raked and bagged up leaves, picked up branches and sticks, created a wood chip pathway, organized the supply area and helped build a new 15x15 foot garden. In the next few weeks we’ll be back to help plant the garden and then initiate a “care and feed” program to continue what we started.