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Cub Scout Awarded Key to the City for Helping His Community

Cub Scout Jack S. shakes Mayor Jeff Colman's hand at the Pflugerville City Council meeting. Photo credit: Nicole Barrios
Cub Scout Jack S. shakes Mayor Jeff Colman’s hand at the Pflugerville City Council meeting. (Photo credit: Nicole Barrios)

Cub Scout Jack S. of the Capitol Area Council, had already saved $20 for his very own iPad; but after learning about a local act of vandalism, Jack had a big change in plans for his money.

On the morning of Nov. 16, a torn Quran, covered in waste was left at a local mosque in Pflugerville, Texas. After assisting with the cleanup, Jack’s mother Laura picked Jack up from school and told him something sad had happened in their community. The mess had been removed, but the unpleasant odor remained.

In true Scout spirit, Jack wanted to do anything he could to help. He said, “We could give them some money. We could buy them some air freshener,” Jack’s mother shared with the Austin American-Statesman.

Laura suggested Jack donate $5 of his own money, but the Cub Scout wanted to go even further. He went home, emptied his piggy bank, and presented his full savings to the members of the mosque.

Cub Scout Jack S. salutes at the Pflugerville City Council meeting. (Photo credit: Laura Swanson)
Cub Scout Jack S. salutes at the Pflugerville City Council meeting. (Photo credit: Laura Swanson)

This act of kindness sent waves through the Texas town. According to Pflugerville Mayor Jeff Coleman, Jack has become the “face of Pflugerville,” because his generosity sparked the community to come together and demonstrate that such acts of vandalism do not represent the town’s values.

On Nov. 24, Jack attended the Pflugerville City Council meeting, donning his Cub Scout uniform. Jack was given certificates of appreciation from both the state House of Representatives and the city of Pflugerville, and also a key to the city from Mayor Coleman.

Someone else also had a surprise for Jack. American Muslim community member Arsalan Iftikhar gave the Scout an iPad in appreciation for his kindness.

Be sure to read the full Austin American-Statesman story on Jack and just how big of an impact he made on his community.

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Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.