Scouts community project is collective

By on December 4, 2009

Pack 107 picks up trash at Metra for village
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Sixty extra hands came in handy for the village on Nov. 22. That day, Cub Scout Pack 107 conducted a clean-up of the Metra station parking area, picking up trash that people had tossed on the ground instead of into garbage receptacles.

“The Cubs Scouts provided great assistance in maintaining the overall cleanliness of the lot,” Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said.

Nevenhoven said village employees empty the parking lot garbage containers nearly every day, but a lot of other trash does not make it into the can.

“Cigarette butts, soda cans, energy drink bottles, breakfast bar wrappers, etc., litter the lot, and (the village) does not have the available manpower to pick all of it up,” Nevenhoven said.

To equip the Scouts for the task, Nevenhoven provided each with a pair of gloves and a garbage bag.

Among the 30 scouts taking part in the cleanup was Nevenhoven’s son, Ryan. His job was to carry an
increasingly heavy garbage bag while other Scouts collected debris and tossed it in.

“I was feeling pretty good about it because every couple of feet there was a piece of garbage,” Ryan said.
The afternoon cleanup fulfilled a Pack 107 requirement for community service.

“Every Scout has to perform a service to the community each year as part of the Cub Scout Program,” Pack 107 Cubmaster Kurt Wachter said.

The pack typically completes one or two service projects each year, including collecting food for the Elburn Food Pantry.

Photo: Cub Scout Pack 107 members, with some of their parents and siblings, cleaned up litter scattered throughout the Metra station parking lot and grounds in Elburn on Nov. 22. The effort was one of the pack’s annual community service projects.
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