Troop C415 at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree went beyond their Messengers of Peace Day of Service project by helping to save from flood damage Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood, W. Va.
Scouts were building picnic tables, an outdoor learning space and a gravel walkway at the school when a two-hour, drenching downpour began to inundate the school building.
The Scouts, on their own initiative, quickly went to the flooding classrooms and stacked computers and books off the floor. They also stuffed trash bags under doors to seal out the water and prevent it from entering unflooded rooms. &Then they waded through 6-8 inches of water to clear clogged drains and culverts, according to Scoutmaster Pat Tucker.
Their unscheduled effort saved much of the school from damage, as noted in the local paper, The Daily Corinthian.
"I couldn't be more proud of the boys," says Tucker. "They did their duty as Scouts and did more than just one good turn that day."
As reported by Jebb Johnston in The Daily Corinthian, the school was very grateful to the Scouts for their help and the Scouts were "happy to be of service."