Unit Service Project Benefits Community with Little Libraries

Troop 9248

Scouts BSA Troop 9248, sponsored by St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in West St. Paul, has been busy!  They recently spent several weekends building “Little Free Libraries” for placement throughout the community. 

The unit was approached by the City of Mendota Heights with a Community Enrichment project idea.  In partnership with Cassandra Johnson and the city, Scouts and adult volunteers built a total of ten libraries using materials purchased by donations from the City of Mendota Heights and the Kiwanis Club.

Personal growth, association with adults, and leadership development are some of the methods of Scouting.  Service projects and doing a Good Turn offer opportunities for Scouts to earn valuable service hours and to grow personally.  

Scoutmaster Jeff Gustafson said the Scouts benefited from engaging directly with their community.  Some of the libraries were placed in the yards of city residents.  During the installations process, many neighbors commented on how much they appreciated their efforts, and with spirit of the project. 

In addition to community service, the Scouts also learned about project management and woodworking skills.

Scoutmaster Gustafson offered some advice for other units when working with their communities:  Be sure and ask a lot of questions, including where the funding will come from, and specifics regarding the timing and expectations of the project.  He also said “a little self promotion is a good thing.”  Be sure to promote your project, and to showcase what benefits Scouting provides the community at large.

About the unit:

Scouts BSA Troop 9248 in West St. Paul has been charted by St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church since 1959.  The church, founded in 1882, currently resides at the corner of Charlton St. and Wentworth Ave in West St. Paul.  This active troop serves youth in West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, and neighboring communities.

This article was submitted by J Pastir, a member of the Council Communications Committee

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Unit Service Project Benefits Community with Little Libraries