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This past fall, LCNV’s Connections for Hope Office in Herndon, Virginia, was a beneficiary of four new bookshelves. The donation was part of an Eagle Scout project led by Sam Jugus of Boy Scout Troop 30, in Centreville, Virginia. At the time, Sam was a Life Scout.
Sam started his scouting journey in 2001 as a Tiger Scout in Pack 1682 out of Virginia Run Elementary School in Centreville, Virginia. He joined Boy Scout Troop 30 in 2006, and continued to participate and earn merit badges throughout middle and high school with the goal to attain the Eagle rank, which is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.
The purpose of an Eagle Scout project is to give a young man leadership experience and provide a service to the community. After talking with LCNV Executive Director, Patricia Donnelly, Sam presented his Eagle Scout project proposal to his Troop leadership in July, 2010. Several months of research, planning, seeking approvals, and securing funding followed. Yet, all of the young leader’s efforts came together in July of 2011: Sam pulled a team of scouts and friends, and began constructing bookshelves that would benefit LCNV’s Family Learning Program.
On August 10, 2011, Sam delivered four well-crafted, white bookshelves to LCNV’s Connections for Hope office; each handmade bookshelf came adorned with a small fingerprint – a little gold plate crediting the craftsman and his troop. Twenty-one individuals participated in the project, which took more than 140 hours to complete and cost more than $650, including $500 in donations.
“Teaching people how to read is an important way to help them take advantage of opportunities in our community,” Sam said. Smiling, he added: “I’m very proud of my Eagle Scout project and that I was able to help out the LCNV’s Connections for Hope office.”
Having successfully completed his Eagle Scout Project, on December 22, 2011, Sam became an Eagle and was honored in the Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Virginia Run Community Center. LCNV would like to extend a warm thank you to Sam for all of his hard work, and congratulate him on becoming an Eagle Scout. We wish you continued success, Sam!
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