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A DAY AT THE RACES Aſter Pack 11’s springtime pinewood derby race in Raleigh, N.C., the boys and leaders head to a local retirement home to set up the track for a second day at the races. Residents even make their own pinewood cars to send flying down the track — bringing loads of excitement to a typically quiet facility.

SHARING SCOUTING: Now in its third year, the annual race brings plenty of smiles to residents’ faces. “The activities coor- dinator even got some pinewood kits so the residents could assemble and race their own cars with our Scouts,” Karl Moss says. What Moss, a den leader and committee chairman, didn’t expect was discovering common Scouting experiences with residents. “Many of the residents shared memories of being den mothers or being a Scout or having kids in Scouting,” he says.

TRASH OR TREASURE? The U.S. Coast Guard requires most boats greater than 16 feet in length to carry at least three flares. These devices are rarely used, so it’s not uncommon for boaters to have expired flares aboard their vessels. And, because of the flares’ combustible qualities, they cannot be disposed of in the trash. That’s where Sea Scout Ship 41 comes in. The ship hosts a drive to collect expired flares and uses the devices for training — providing a helpful recy- cling act for boaters. ¿

CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST What started as a small holiday giſt drive for California’s Long Beach veterans hospital quickly grew into a widely celebrated tradition — but instead of taking place during the end-of-year season, this holiday celebration takes place in the hospital’s less-visited time: August. Pack, Troop and Crew 727; Post 6024; neighbors; friends; and the Rancho Santa Margarita LDS stake work annually in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., to help collect and donate more than 300 giſts to the hospital for a “Veterans’ Summertime Christmas.”

FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE: Jim Clements, Scoutmaster of Troop 727, dedicated 20 years of his life to serving his country in the U.S. Navy, and he spent more than a month hospitalized for injuries incurred during his service. “I understand the loneliness when you’re away from family and stuck in a bed,” he says. All it took was a phone call in 2003 and Clements’ Scouts had found a way to make a difference at the local veterans hospital.

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE TANGIBLE GIFTS: “It’s all about the giſt that the Scouts and their families provide by visiting with each patient. When the Scouts show up in a veteran’s room, not only do the patient’s eyes light up, but so do the parents of the Scout as they witness the interaction. Patients oſten state that they, too, were Boy Scouts and begin telling their Scouting stories,” Clements says.

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