POINT PLEASANT — Never underestimate the power of Scouts - Boys or Girls.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 4545 and Boy Scout Troop 239 appeared before the Mason County Commission yesterday to talk about upcoming projects, achieving Eagle Scout Status and academic achievement.
Heather Wood, Girl Scout troop leader, told Commissioners Tracy Doolittle, Rick Handley and Miles Epling, her girls had decided to raise awareness, and funds, for the Mason County Animal Shelter, as part of their “take action project” to earn a Bronze Award. The campaign is called “Paws for a Cause” and includes a year of interaction with the public to increase adoptions, donations and simply awareness of the shelter. As troop members explained, events are planned for every month this year with the first being a soup lunch from noon - 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant. Donations are welcome. Other events planned will be a bake sale with both people and pet safe food, a 5K run, a newspaper drive, a yard sale, a pet pageant during the Sternwheel Regatta, a pet parade, a dog food sale and toys for animals collection.
Also in the works, plans to get donations from local residents and businesses to give gift bags to those who adopt pets - the bags will ideally include a coupon for a free spay and neuter for the animal.
Then, Eagle Scouts Holden Adkins, Wyatt Wamsley and Luke Halstead appeared before the commission to receive special recognition certificates for achieving Eagle Scout status. In addition to this, Adkins was singled out for being listed in The State Journal’s “Students of Excellence” publication.
Adkins attends Point Pleasant High School, had a GPA of 4.25 and is president of his local Youth Leadership Association and his chapter of the National Honor Society. He’s also served as chairman at the West Virginia Youth in Government program, remained active with the West Virginia Church of God Student Leadership Team and has studied Chinese for the past four years.