Service Throughout the Year: Troop 18 Assisting West Grove

Troop 18 shows its Citizenship in the Community through service.

Troop 18, in West Grove, Pennsylvania, assists their sponsoring organization, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ABVM) church with their monthly coffee and donut event to help raise money for charitable community needs. The Scouts arrive during the service to help set up and then staff the tables, serve the donuts and other snacks, coffee, juice etc and replenish supplies as needed. Afterwards they help to clean up the parish center.  When needed, the Scouts have assisted the Knight of Columbus with other fundraising activities such as the Oktoberfest dinner and other seasonal events that raise money to help the community.

Like many Scouts in the Chester County Council, the Scouts in Troop 18 participate in Scouting for Food, one of the nation’s largest food drives over 2 weekends, often pairing with local Cub Scouts from Pack 54.  The Scouts distribute the door hangers with the Cubs and then pickup and deliver donated food to the group receiving the donations. The Scouts stay and help with sorting and organizing the non-perishable donations.

For several years, the scouts have helped with various environmental efforts including community trash pickup days surrounding Earth Day activities and have helped staff water quality awareness events.

When an elderly community member reached out to the local township for help, AVBM and the township contacted the leaders of Troop 18 to see what assistance the troop might be able to offer the 89-year-old lady requesting a bit of help with outdoor clean up she could not fully manage on her own. Although she had reached out to professional services, the amount of work was too small for a business to take on yet too big for her to accomplish on her own. With no family nearby, she had few options. With a cheerful and friendly attitude, the Scouts of Troop 18 arrived to help.  The twigs she had piled over several weeks were picked up and hauled away giving the Scouts an opportunity to do their daily “good turn”.  Troop 18 Scouts have helped with similar small community assistance projects.

Lastly, Troop 18 remembers our community’s veterans. Scouts work with a local township to place flags in front of graves before Memorial Day and remove them just after Veterans Day in a local cemetery, have participated in Wreaths Across America at Christmas time and have participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

These on-going service opportunities are not just beneficial to the citizens of West Grove. The Scouts of Troop 18 recognize that service is an important facet of their growth as community members and eventually the leaders of our society.