Socks for Seniors Delivery

On Dec. 23, Boy Scouts from the Webelos 1 Pack 449 delivered socks to residents at St. Clair Nursing Center. They turned ordinary socks into nonslip socks using fabric puff paint. From left are Eddie Hogue, Jeremiah Young, Ben Myers, Alex Harrell and Alex Ahearn. Not pictured is Joseph Robinson

Residents at St. Clair Nursing Center will be a little warmer this winter thanks to a handful of Boy Scouts.

Six fourth-graders part of Webelos 1 Pack 449 distributed 40-45 pairs of nonslip socks for their Socks for Seniors community project. The Scouts turned ordinary socks into nonslip socks by using fabric puff paint, according to den leader Jennifer Harrell.

“It was a really fun project. My goal with the boys in my den is to teach them that community service isn’t always just picking up trash at the park. It can actually be a lot of fun,” Harrell said.

The scouts delivered the nonslip socks to residents on Dec. 23.

“The boys got the biggest kick watching the elderly grin when they gave them their socks. It was really a lot of fun. It was really heartwarming to watch them do that. Every single boy enjoyed it, which was surprising to me because you think about boys and Scouts, they’re always out in the woods, but this was really a lot fun to watch them do,” Harrell said

This was the first year doing this particular project and Harrell said it went well.

“My little guys really like to help other people so that’s what we came up with this year,” she said.

Another major service project during the holidays is Scouting for Food. Blue bags are given out to community residents and the collected food is donated to local food pantries.

Pack 449 overall has approximately 50-60 kids ranging from first through fifth graders. Each grade is a different den.

“Our pack has grown quite a bit over in the past couple of years. We have really, really awesome leaders that really invest a lot of time with the kids,” Harrell said.

Activities are always taking place, she said, including hikes and camp outs in the fall, spring and summer.

“My boys went on a three mile hike the weekend after Thanksgiving and they had a blast looking at animal tracks and figuring things out. It’s really a great way to teach boys to get out of the house, have fun, work as a team and they really have good role models with our pack to learn that,” Harrell said.

“If people are looking for something for their young guys to do and they want good wholesome activities, they should definitely check out our pack. They’re really awesome.”