Eleven-year-old Cub Scouts Tyler Campbell (from left), Grant Palagonia, and Parker Holmes recently completed a Scouting conservation project for the Boy Scouts of America. They cleared trash from areas of Sandy Ridge Park in McDonough.
By Johnny Jackson
Youngsters scoured a local park in search of unsightly trash and garbage. Their goal was to make the park more beautiful, and clean up careless litter.
Eleven-year-old Christian Szynkowski was especially careful when it came to clearing the way at the Veterans Wall of Honor in Heritage Park, in McDonough, according to Bridget Campbell, a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 266, out of Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough.
"He was really careful about not walking on the grass," said Campbell. "He paid very close attention to cleaning the monument area. Christian says it is important to keep the ... area clean to show respect to the soldiers who gave their lives for us."
Szynkowski was among the handful of Cub Scouts from the 40-member pack -- which was founded about five years ago -- to take part in a conservation project to clean up two parks in the east McDonough area, on April 10, and April 11. Students also cleared litter from the grounds at Sandy Ridge Park, also in McDonough.
"I felt good about helping the community to stay clean and not have any litter in the park where the kids play," said Bridget Campbell's son, Tyler, 11. He and Szynkowski were joined by fellow 11-year-old scouts Parker Holmes, and Grant Palagonia, for the clean up.
Bridget Campbell said young people are taught to 'Leave No Trace Behind' throughout the duration of the Boy Scouts of America's Cub Scouts Program.
"Over the two days of cleaning, the boys have learned that it is sometimes necessary to help others to leave no trace as well," she said. "All of the boys know that it is important to clean up after ourselves, and to keep our community clean. As the leader of the den, I am proud of the work they did."
The Cub Scout pack is planning to recognize a dozen Cub Scouts, ages 9, through 11, for achieving the highest award given to Cub Scouts by the Boy Scouts of America. The pack will host its "Arrow of Light" ceremony on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. It is an open ceremony, scheduled to be held at Bethany Baptist Church, at 4 North Bethany Road, in McDonough.