Even prior to news of the recent vandalism of the Festival of Lights displays by two boys, Archbold Boy Scouts Troop 63 had approached the Park Board about a proposed service project.
The boys of Troop 63, aged 12-17, arranged to check and replace broken or burnedout bulbs on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Archbold Cub Scouts Pack 263 (1st-5th grade boys) has also been involved in serving the community this month, with the Webelos II Den completing two service projects at the Archbold Middle School.
A Buckeye editorial suggests that getting kids involved with the Festival of Lights might create more ownership and reduce the likelihood of vandalism in the future.
I would humbly suggest that getting more young boys involved with a characterbuilding, service-oriented organization like Boy Scouts would go much further in helping improve kids’ morals– something that would extend far beyond just the Festival of Lights.
The Scout Law, repeated each and every week at their meetings, says that, “a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent.”
These are not traits that should be allowed to go out of style among our young people.
Chad D. Baus