In recent years as I've been involved in different youth programs both in church and community, I've come to value scouting. The program teaches useful life and leadership skills, primarily to boys and young men, but also to anyone who is associated with the programs, whether it be family, friends or community.
After meeting briefly at the church, we headed off to North Fork park where the group split into two, one half to replace an old bridge on a hiking trail while the other group weed whacked another portion of the trail.
The old bridge was rickety and clearly in need of repair.
Noah and others made multiple trips down the trail lugging tools and materials.
I'm grateful for scouts and others who help to preserve places like this and make them accessible to others.
The rickety bridge was quickly dismantled. Many hands make light work rings true, although those who carried the lumber might disagree.
There were jobs for all who wanted to help...with opportunities to learn and practice valuable skills.
Leading is not just telling people what to do; it's being willing to jump in and do, yourself, as well.
The adults could have just done the job and been done with it, but it was great to see the teaching that was going on.
Who says that only boys benefit from scouting? Clearly that was not the case here!
The satisfied work crew tests the bridge for strength. A job well done!
How great that a group of people could come together for a few hours to create something that had both immediate and lasting value in more ways than one. Congratulations, Noah.
*This week's nod to Saturday Centus.
To view the entire unedited set of photos from the project, click here.