Luke Jones Completes Eagle Scout Project
Luke Jones, a senior at Marshall Public Schools, recently completed his Eagle Scout Service Project through a volunteer opportunity with the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Jones led a group of younger scouts through the creation of activities for the United Way Portable Born Learning Trail. The activities created included an obstacle course made from pool noodles, two life size dice games, and a life size memory game. The activities are geared toward pre-school aged children with an emphasis on gross motor skills.
The Eagle Scout Rank and the Service Project to others is an important part of the Scout Oath: “... to help other people at all times.” Each year tens of thousands of young men strive to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout rank by applying character, citizenship, and scouting values in their daily lives. One of the rank requirements is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or community.
Sarah Kicmal, Community Engagement and Education Coordinator at the United Way of Southwest Minnesota planned the project for Jones. “The activities for the portable Born Learning Trail will create a fun and unique experience for children at events throughout our service area,” shared Kicmal.
The Born Learning Trail is an interactive, playful and visible community engagement tool. Trails are designed to help parents, caregivers and communities support early learning by helping boost children’s language and literacy skills – and encouraging families to get active. It’s a great way to elevate awareness of early childhood education, encourage outdoor play and promote active learning.
Born Learning Trails includes 10 fun, activity based learning stations. United Way of Southwest Minnesota has also installed permanent trails at: Lake Park in Cottonwood, the City Park in Currie, the City Park in Fulda, Rice Park in Granite Falls, Veteran's Memorial Park in Hendricks, Heinz Park in Lake Wilson, the City Park in Walnut Grove, and East Bay Park in Balaton. A bilingual permanent trail will be installed in Marshall in spring 2018.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.