Leading by example

Published 12:02 am Sunday, August 28, 2016

In many communities in the Tri-State and around the country, participation in children’s civic activities has declined. That is not the case, however, for Boy Scout Troop 106 here in Ironton.

In fact, not only does the troop continue to grow, but the young scouts are committed to seeing their commitment through to the highest ranks.

This week, Troop 106 member Matthew Williams became one step closer to reaching that milestone when he completed his Eagle Scout community service project.

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Williams’ project included painting the gazebo and replacing playground mulch at Shane Jones Memorial Park. The park, on the corner of Eighth and Pleasant streets, was built in remembrance of Jones, who died of cancer at the age of 14.

In participating in the Eagle Scout process, Williams and other young men learn the value of giving back to their communities, organizing a major project, delegating tasks and leading a team.

With all the negative outlets young people and adults have at their fingertips, the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts programs are vital resources for communities. Once boys and girls learn how to be leaders and good examples in their troops, they will be able to extend that learning to their communities, and even the world.

Kudos for Williams and Troop 106 for continuing to lead by example.