Working with the Community: Boy Scout Reconnects Students with Nature

In 2013 Boy Scout Jack Dice wrote DuChateau to inquire about material assistance for a special project he conceived of.

School grounds are a wonderful area for play and exercise, yet can also be used as a classroom, “…reconnecting students with nature and the true source of their food, and teach valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills,” Jack wrote.

As a Boy Scout since age six, Jack hoped this community project would help him achieve the level of Eagle Scout, one level above his current status of Life Scout. “My motivation for joining the Scouts to begin with was to carry on family tradition, and for the opportunities to work with the community on this and other projects,” Jack said.

Jack had observed that charter schools—as opposed to public schools—often do not receive the same kind of funding; specifically, Jack had visited a charter school and noticed it had minimal playground equipment and some fake turf—and nothing else. His project idea then was to construct a large planter box for various studies and classroom activities. “The teachers can integrate subjects, such as math, science, art, health and physical education, as well as personal and social responsibility.”

Upon reading this, DuChateau was happy to assist with Jack’s service project by donating funds for the materials needed to build the large planter box. DuChateau has an unwavering interest in tradition and our communities, and we are encouraged by Jack and the other members of this troop. We are proud of people such as Jack, his commitment to those students, to his community, and to his pledge to the Boy Scouts.

Oh, and Jack is now on his way to becoming and Eagle Scout, too.