Last month, Cub Scout Pack 233 spent their Saturday afternoon working on a service project to benefit Village of Lake Orion Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.
Earlier in the year, the committee had listed the painting/staining of the wooden bridge to Meeks Park from the Orion Art Center as one of their maintenance items. With this knowledge, committee member Cristy Garbacik went home to tell her husband and Lake Orion Cub Scout Master Neil Garbacik.
“Cub Scout Pack 233 is based out of Stadium Drive Elementary School in Lake Orion Community Schools, yet it combines students from schools from around the district. This pack has been known to do community service in the area, including painting the baseball benches and bleachers located at Atwater Ball Park last spring,” Christy said. “Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise ‘to help other people.’ While a Scout should do his/her best to help other people every day, a group service project is a bigger way to help people. While you’re giving service, you’re learning to work together with others to do something that’s good for your community. Service projects may help the natural world, the community, or the chartered organization.”
The village DPW power washed the bridge for the pack and provided them with paint, brushes, rollers, paint pans and gloves.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the boys painting the railing spindles, handrails and the wooden floor of the bridge between the railings. The boys also received a surprise visit from Lake Orion Police officer Ray Hammond.
“The kids all enjoyed watching the wildlife as they painted. The different plants, trees and animals kept them interested while working,” Christy said. “It was a hot day and we were glad for the complimentary ice cream break at Cookies and Cream.” — M.K.