SANTA ROSA BEACH — A local scout troop and non-profit organization teamed up recently to make a difference in one man’s life.
Boy Scout Troop 562 and the Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center came together to build wheelchair ramps for Miramar Beach resident Nicholas Palumbo.
Palumbo, who uses a wheelchair to get around, can now access not only his house but his workshop more easily.
“It was very nice to see (Palumbo) so pleased by the project and it was also rewarding to see the boys do something for someone else,” said Mike Klein, who is the scout’s committee chairman.
Brett Robinson, the Okaloosa and Walton counties coordinator for the Center that aims to help people gain some independence, used to be a Boy Scout.
He knew the project would be a good fit for the troop and contacted them.
“It builds up their community involvement,” Robinson said.
This project highlighted one of the experiences scouts need to have: doing things for others.
“That’s a hard thing for kids to learn,” Klein said.
It took the troop about a month to build the two ramps. They worked on them during troop meetings after visiting Palumbo’s home for measurements.
To learn more about the Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center, visit www.cil-drc.org
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(By Lauren Delgado, Daily News. The Boy Scouts of America Communications Department was not involved in the creation of this content.)