By Annmarie Curley, Wolf Den Co-Leader
The 2nd grade Wolf den, from Shelburne Cub Scout Pack 607, selected the families at Harbor Place as the recipient of their community service project, a requirement on the Wolf Achievement Track. The cub scouts worked with their families, and Shelburne resident Laura Hall and her 4th grade daughter Lulu, to organize donated supplies of toiletries, food, snacks and toys and books into family care and activity packs to help the children and families at Harbor Place.
The scouts wanted to ensure that children had access to food, snacks and fun activities during the long holiday break from school, as many of these families depend on the school meals program. The pack donated a portion of the proceeds from its recent popcorn sales drive to buy supplies for the project, in addition to gathering donations from den families. The den would like to thank Laura and Lulu Hall for their inspiration and organizational skills in helping the boys to prepare the activity packs.
“We’re so thankful for outpouring of the support we’ve received from the people in Shelburne and Charlotte who have shown compassion for folks who have no other place to go,” said Chris Donnelly of the Champlain Housing Trust. “It’s especially heartwarming to see kids like these Cub Scouts get into the giving spirit.”
The Champlain Housing Trust has operated Harbor Place for two years. The motel provides emergency, temporary housing with services to help people get back on their feet.
The project is a great example of Pack 607’s program to coach boys to develop outdoor skills, leadership and responsible citizenship through hands-on activities and adventures. The program is year round for 1st through 5th graders from the towns of Shelburne, Charlotte and Ferrisburgh. Interested families can contact David Buley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.