Daniel Hawkins and Bryce
ScoutSweep clean up near Madigan Park earns Life Scout for Hawkins
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[May 10, 2014]
Lincoln Boy Scout Troop 4111 held a ScoutSweep on Saturday, April 26
along a stretch of road south of Lincoln. A ScoutSweep is a Boy
Scout community service project to clean up an area of the
community. The local troop chose the road that goes from the
entrance of Madigan Park to the curve that turns toward the prisons,
an area approximately 300 feet long.
The area that needed the cleanup was discovered by Scout Master
Jason Schafer. “I was driving by one day and saw this stretch of
road on 1010th Street that had trash lining the road,” he
He then turned the ScoutSweep project over to Daniel Hawkins, age
14, who is the senior patrol leader of the troop. Daniel is
currently working on his ‘Life Scout’ requirements, one of which is
six hours of community service. The Life Scout level in the Boy
Scouts is just below that of Eagle Scout.
With the help of Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Bryce Watkins, age
12, Hawkins got busy with the planning phase of the project. He
enlisted members of his troop and their parents to participate in
Hawkins then scoured the community for businesses that would help
sponsor the cleanup. McDonalds, Bonanza, Jimmy Johns, Subway,
Kroger, and Hardees stepped forward with offers of food for the
participants. Charlie Lee of the Lincoln IGA contributed to the
event so that the Scouts could purchase trash bags. Beck’s donated
gift cards so that the adults transporting the scouts to the site
could be reimbursed with fuel. Once the planning phase was
successfully completed, it was time to make it happen.
Fifteen scouts, leaders, and parents gathered for the event in
Latham Park on the morning of April 26 and drove to the site. After
two hours of steady work, the group had gathered 15 bags of trash.
“We made a good dent in the problem,” said Hawkins. The largest item
was a wheel with the tire still attached. Many of the items were
fast food cups.
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With the end of the event, Patrick Doolin invited the scouts for
a ride on his fire engine.
While Hawkins needed just six hours toward his community service
project, he ended with ten hours. He went above and beyond the
requirements. The total project garnered 62.5 hours total service
for the entire Scout troop.
Scout Troop 4111 is chartered through Lincoln’s First Presbyterian
Church. Scout Master Schafer pointed out that the Boy Scouts of
America are a youth lead with adult supervision group. Daniel
Hawkins said, “This was a very satisfying project for the troop and
me. We got a chance to serve the community.” Hawkins has a goal of
achieving the level of Eagle Scout within the next year.
[By CURT FOX]