Niagara Gazette —
Her goal is to prepare 150 bags to be distributed over the next 2 years.
Teresa is among about 25 sixth to eighth grade girl scout cadettes working to obtain their silver badge in Niagara County. Each is doing a project to better the region, according to Kelly Garrow, from the Girl Scouts office in Lockport. There are about 50 girl scouts in the ninth to 12th grade, working toward gold medals, she said.
As for Jake’s ascent to Eagle Scout, only about 2 percent of boy scouts in the nation achieve that rank, according to Stuart Schnettler of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
In Jake’s Troop 630 at St. Stephen’s Church on Grand Island, at least one or two boys a year have gone on for their Eagle Scout ranking over the last 50 years. The community benefits from each boy’s projects, including rebuilt nature trails area parks and information kiosks at the ball diamonds, according to his troop leader, Scott Swagler. Just recently scouts built shelving for a food pantry in Kenmore; and built steps leading to the Lake Ontario in Newfane. Soon, the Grand Island VFW post will get a new roof and siding in an upcoming scout effort, Swagler said.
Most often, these projects are completed with donations. Jake’s bird houses were built with supplies from Home Depot. Teresa has sent letters to area businesses seeking donations for her “Bags of Courage,” and is asking those who wish to donate to her project to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who assist area scouts with their projects are getting more for their money, Jake’s cubmaster noted, because the communities benefit by the enhancements of the assorted projects and by the growth in the scouts who create and produce the projects.