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Published 12:10 am Monday, February 6, 2017
Thursday, December 24, 2015 By Shavonne Walker
It took a group of 35 Cub Scouts three months to collect toiletry items for a group of people they didn’t even know.
Pack 254, chartered out of Bethpage United Methodist Church, took on the notion of being a blessing to others by creating “Blessing Bags” for the guests and clients of Rowan Helping Ministries. The boys, their parents and Scout leaders collected enough items for 205 bags.
Scout leader Darrin Jordan, a local attorney, said he was on Facebook when he read about the “Blessing Bags.” The Scouts in the past organized canned food drives for the shelter, and Jordan said he thought the bags were a neat idea.
“The kids had a blast. We got everything collected and assembled the bags,” he said.
He gave the children a list of appropriate items including toothpaste, razors, washcloths, hats, notebooks and pens.
The group stopped by the kitchen Wednesday where they gave out about 80 bags. The Scouts were encouraged to take the rest of the bags, place them in their parents’ vehicles and give them to someone who may be homeless.
The Scouts try to participate in a community service project each year, Jordan said, and this was one of them.
Reid Vanpelt, 10, said being able to meet the people at the shelter was a good experience.
“Sometimes a person needs a second chance,” he said.
Vanpelt said he introduced himself and was able to talk with a shelter guest, who said he’d also been in the Boy Scouts as a young boy.
The two talked about how the organization has changed over the years and the projects the children participate in today.
Lachlan Jackling, 9, said it was important for him to be able to help other people and good for him to “be a good person when you grow up.”
Noah Stowe, 10, enjoyed meeting other people at the shelter.
“It’s good to be able to help all of the people and experience new things and meet new people. It’s good because we can make a difference for them,” Stowe said.
Luke Thompson, 10, said he felt it was a good experience for him to spend time with the people who stay at the shelter and to “make them feel happy.”
There were a lot of smiles from shelter guests, volunteers and staff as the Scouts approached one person after another. Ronald Ransbottom is one of those shelter guests who received a Blessing Bag.
He jokingly told one Scout he’d be a fine Marine someday. The Marine Corps veteran said he’s had a hard time dealing with the death of his twin brother, and the Scouts brought a smile to his face.
Ransbottom said he felt blessed because “God wakes me up every day.”
“I’m appreciative for what I have,” he said.
Amy Goodell, who has been a resident of the shelter for seven months, said it’s wonderful to see the Scouts are starting out young learning to give back to the community.
Albert Shelton used to be a Boy Scout and said its an amazing organization that influences children in a positive way early in life. Growing up in his community, there weren’t a lot of positive influences for African American males.
“Kids today don’t have guidance. The Boy Scouts has a positive impact on our community and our nation,” Shelton said.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.
Published Sunday, June 28, 2015 Salisburypost.com
Colton Opel, 18, of Salisbury, is receiving his Eagle Scout award today, June 28, 2015, at Christiana Lutheran Church. Scoutmaster Jeff Fleming of Troop 317 is presenting the award.
Colton has earned 27 merit badges and is currently the troop’s Senior Patrol Leader. He is a member of Order of the Arrow. For his Eagle project, Colton collected 4,343 pounds of food for Rowan Helping Ministries.
The son of Joe and Jenny Opel of Salisbury, he is a 2015 graduate of East Rowan High School and plans to study engineering at UNC-Charlotte.
Colton is the brother of Carly Opel and Cody Opel, also an Eagle Scout.
salisburypost.com By Sylvia Andrews
In celebration of Lord Baden Powell’s birthday, the founder of Scouting, Cub Scout Pack 306 of North Hills Christian School held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet on Feb. 21, at the Spencer Moose Lodge.
During the event, Pack 306 honored its Arrow of Light recipients, Nicholas, Ryan and Samuel. The Arrow of Light is Cub Scouting’s highest honor.
Joseph Charles Steinman, 15, received his Eagle Scout award Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury. Joe began his Scouting adventure as a Tiger Cub in Pack 442 in the fall of 2006. As a Cub Scout, Joe earned the God and Me, God and Family and the Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light. As a Boy Scout, Joe earned 28 Merit Badges and completed more that 69 nights of camping. He served as a Patrol Leader for his troop and as a Crew Leader at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
- See more at: http://www.salisburypost.com/2015/02/08/joe-steinman-earns-eagle-award/
Robert Young Clement, II has earned the Eagle Scout Rank. Bobby is a member of Troop 333, St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Salisbury. A member of Cub Scout Pack 333 as a Webelos, he earned the Arrow of Light Award and God and Country Award. Bobby has earned 31 badges in his journey to Eagle Scout. He was received into the Order of the Arrow in 2012. For his Eagle Project, Bobby built a prayer garden honoring his dad, fallen police officer Robert Clement, his maternal grandparents, Jim and Helen Hill and his uncle, Paul Hill. Dedication for the prayer garden was held at Liberty United Methodist Church on Oct. 12, 2014, with church pastor Rev. Charlie Curtis officiating. - See more at: http://www.salisburypost.com/2015/01/04/robert-clement-earns-eagle-award/#sthash.xRoJijl9.dpuf
Jared is a goal-oriented young man. In the fifth grade, he started playing the trombone, and now in the eighth grade, he’s holding down first chair for the all-county middle school band.
In elementary school, Hensley wasn’t satisfied when his third-grade science fair project won the Rowan-Salisbury Schools competition but didn’t make district competition. “The next time,” he vowed, “I’m going to state.” His next science fair project...
It was just after 5 a.m. Aug. 31, 2013, when 8-year-old Zane awoke to the smell of smoke. At first he thought his mother must have burned something while cooking breakfast, but he soon realized the smoke was heavy.
When he reached the kitchen, the youngster saw the cabinet doors were on fire and about to fall off. The refrigerator looked as though it were melting. Zane ran into his parents room shouting “The house is on fire, the house is on fire” and started......
Dillon Evans of Salisbury received his Eagle Scout award July 13, 2014, in a ceremony at Central United Methodist Church in Spencer. A member of Troop 349, Dillon started Scouts at 11 years of age. His Eagle project included major improvements to Spencer Woods Walking Trail. He offers special thanks to his leader, Steve Miller, and everyone who helped and donated to his project.
Dillon says of his years in Boy Scouts: All the hard work, challenges and even the fun in Scouts are a huge part of what’s molded him into the person he is; and being an Eagle Scout is something he is very proud of achieving.
The son of Loretta and Allen Evans of Salisbury, he is a student at North Rowan High School.
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