Local Scout Helps Variety Kids

Jack is 14 years old and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 645. He is working towards his Eagle Scout rank and one of the requirements is completing a service project for the community.

When Jack thought about which organization he wanted to serve through this project, it was a no-brainer. Jack’s sister, Lily, is a Variety Kid and has recently receiving both cochlear implants and a bike from Variety St. Louis. Lily has also attended Variety’s Adventure Camp each summer since she was very young.

Seeing how happy his sister is at Camp, Jack decided that he wanted to find a project that would specifically help our Adventure Camp program.

“My sister does these camps, so I wanted to give back,” says Jack.

After Jack reached out to Variety, we provided him with a wish list of possible items. Ice skating assists were on this list, and, as an avid ice skater himself, Jack decided to build some assists from scratch.

Jack was in charge of everything from fundraising for the materials to determining the best way to build the assists to assembling the final product. After purchasing, cutting and organizing the necessary materials, Jack held an assembly day when the other scouts in his troop joined together to build the assists. 

All in all, Jack and his troop put together 12 ice skating assists for Adventure Campers to enjoy. These assists are crucial, especially for our campers who either have limited mobility, or just need a little help learning to skate. The assists build confidence and independence in our campers – many of them are skating for the very first time – and are a whole lot of fun!

Thank you, Jack, for thinking of Variety for your service project. And thank you to Troop 645 for coming together to help Variety Kids! Good luck, Jack, in earning your Eagle Scout rank.