Boy Scout Troop 157
Weston, Massachusetts
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Advancement

Community Service

Troop 157 views community service as one of the pillars of our scouting program, working in concert with our other pillars: a rigorous outdoor program, and a multi-pronged advancement program.  These all combine to offer an environment where scouts can enjoy the great outdoors, facilitate personal growth, development leadership skills, and learn and teach about new topics through the advancement activities.

We recognize the importance of our members participating within our community and becoming a part of its vibrancy.  In order for each scout to advance in rank, each must complete a defined number of community service hours.  Also, our scouts participate in our annual Scouting for Food Drive run in November of each year.  This annual food drive provides much needed food to a local food pantry.  Our scouts have also executed special community service projects to help with specific needs.  A project of significant note was a scout-run September, 2005 fundraising drive to provide food, dry goods, and money to victims of hurricane Katrina, in Mississippi.  More recently, in May, 2010, many scouts helped clean and dry out flooded basement areas for many elderly residents at Merriam Village.  

In addition, our Eagle Scouts have executed significant community service projects to achieve their rank of Eagle Scout.  Eagle projects must make substantive improvements that benefit a recognized non-profit organization or charity.  The organizations that have benefited from our scout’s efforts range from our public schools, our places of worship, and our conservation lands and farms.  One particularly unique project built a heavy duty containment corral for water buffalo at Overlook Farm in central Massachusetts.  Many Troop 157 members have participated in many of these projects during their scouting years.  Over the last 5 years, our Eagle Scouts’ projects have contributed more than 100 man-hours per project directly into the community.  A few projects have exceeded 250 man-hours. Troop 157 is proud of our 120 Eagle Scouts and their efforts within our community.

Troop 157 will continue to promote community spirit and look forward to our scouts and Eagle scouts continuing to contribute meaningful, lasting improvements within our communities.  If you know of an organization or charity that could benefit with a capital improvement project please contact our Scoutmaster (contact@troop157.org ).