East Ridge Residence partners with Cub Scouts for intergenerational programming

East Ridge Residence Independent Living Community hosted East Ridge Cub Scouts Pack 3037 this week as the troop began work in the outdoor yard building a new fire pit for residents to enjoy and cleaning up the old raised garden beds to make way for new ones to be built. This is all part of a new cross-generational partnership between Scouts and East Ridge Residence that will bring joy, excitement and new experiences shared between both generations as the partnership continues.

“I would like to thank Cub Scouts Pack 3037 for blessing our residents with this new home, built from
zero, and to clean up our old garden beds,” said Amy Silvers, executive director of East
Residence Ridge. “It was a lesson in humility to see the innocence of the children so
open and ready to do something out of the goodness of their hearts for our elders. We can not
look forward to welcoming them back for our “S’mores with Seniors” event very soon as a reward for all
their hard work. We look forward to developing this partnership over the weeks and months to
come.”

Families of scouts from Pack 3037 gathered at East Ridge Residence and worked alongside
the scout troop to lay each brick that would become the hearth. Jeff Wagner, leader of the den of
Pack 3037, led construction efforts. “What a great experience,” he said. “I am so proud of all of our
Cubs and families. Everyone came ready to work – and the job was definitely done.
It was good to see the kids and residents interact, and we’re excited to be back to help with
other projects.”

Jared Pickens, CEO of the Boy Scouts of America Cherokee Area Council, worked with Ms Silvers to
bring this new program to life. “I am so proud of the work our Scouts do for our
community,” Mr. Pickens said. “It’s really amazing to see the commitment of these young people
and their volunteer leaders demonstrate to “help others at all times” as the Scout Oath
mentioned. This particular project is special because it brings together the older generation and the
younger generations together to learn from each other and just have fun together.
Respect for all is a fundamental principle of Scouting. Great job, scouts.

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