According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on an average night in the United states, 564,708 people are homeless. It’s an issue that affects cities and towns all over the country, meaning it affects the cities and towns where Scouts live.
Many Scouts focus on the challenges faced by the homeless through a variety of projects. Some Scouts have done awareness projects by camping outside in boxes (instead of tents) to help raise awareness of the plight of the homeless. Some Scouts have collected warm coats to help those in need, and others have chosen to focus their Eagle Scout projects on helping the homeless.
Scout Spencer N., of the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council, used his Eagle Scout project to help ease the struggle homeless people face in his community. He worked to raise more than $1,500 to put together a number of care kits that can be provided to homeless people in his community.
The kits contain a variety of items that are useful and help with hygiene. Each kit features a bottle of shampoo, soap, lotion, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, first-aid items, sunscreen, lip balm, tissues, a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant.
Spencer has been working with a local law enforcement task force dedicated to helping the city’s homeless population. He has delivered several of the kits to the task force so that they can help distribute the kits to those who need them most.
To learn more about Spencer’s Eagle Scout project, be sure to read the full article in the Huntington Beach Independent, a division of the Los Angeles Times.
To learn more about the positive impact that Scouting can have on young people like Spencer, be sure to check out this article on the recent Tufts study, and watch this video: