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These Scouts Are Connecting Seniors to Technology

Scouts teach seniors how to play a game on an iPad. (Photo credit: Star-Telegram)
Scouts teach seniors how to play a game on an iPad. (Photo credit: Star-Telegram)

To a Scout, sending a text message or playing a game on an iPad is a cinch. So when the seniors at the Legacy at Bear Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in Keller, TX, needed tech tutors, the Boy Scouts from the Longhorn Council knew just what to do.

The Scouts helped the seniors use computers, smart phones, and even set up a few Facebook pages.

Legacy resident Shirley Ferguson says she was pleased to learn more about the features on her phone and discover interesting websites she can visit.

“I had so much trouble learning what to do, but the guys know everything about the phone and the computer,” Ferguson explained to the Star Telegram. “They’re modern. I’m 76 and some here are in their 90s. We’re just not up on these things, and our kids and grandkids don’t always have time to teach us.”

As Scouts of many talents, the boys also helped beautify the center’s courtyard. They constructed eight benches, built a koi pond, a waterfall and planted a variety of flowers for the residents to enjoy.

Scouts move benches at The Legacy at Bear Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Center. (Photo credit: Star-Telegram)
Scouts move benches at The Legacy at Bear Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Center. (Photo credit: Star-Telegram)

“I’m delighted about the pond and excited about the planter beds,” Ginny Bower, a Legacy resident told the Star-Telegram. 

Thirteen year old Scout Carter P.,  says it’s been a rewarding experience helping the seniors. “Everyone is friendly and grateful about what we do,” he shared.

“I’m just delighted to see them being nurtured in these ways and to see the smiles on the faces of residents,” Bower beamed.

Karen Clark, director of community relations at the center, says how the Scouts have worked with residents is “a really cool intergenerational event” and estimates the hard work they put into the center to be worth thousands of dollars.

“It’s just above and beyond what we imagined. We feel very blessed,” Clark said.

Learn more about how these Scouts are lending a hand to seniors in their community by heading to the Star-Telegram for the full story.

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Hayley

Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.