Members of Boy Scout Troop 661 spent their entire Saturday Oct. 21 performing a special service project to benefit the residents of Apollo Beach. They removed an aging border fence within the courtyard at Apollo Beach Park and replaced it with a completely new structure, first by digging up the old wood, posts and cement, and then replacing it all with materials and supplies purchased by Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation.
Park supervisor Raleigh Barnes and troop leader Robert Leonard oversaw the effort, which was guided by adults and carried out by the scouts themselves. The project was not part of the county’s annual budget, Barnes said.
“Scouting helps boys learn leadership skills, become good citizens and develop good character,” Leonard said. “This project and others like it are scout-driven, which means the boys learn to resolve problems within their group while having fun and gaining new skills.”
Troop 661 meets at Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309 U.S. 41 N., Apollo Beach, Mondays at 7 p.m. It’s open to all boys ages 11 to 18, regardless of race, economic status or special needs. New members are always welcome.