Scouting in the Community
The call to serve has never been stronger across the state and Aloha Council. Scouts and volunteers are taking the opportunity to serve others during this pandemic. Aloha Council is proud to be associated with all of you who recognize the true value of this program is not about awards and medals rather the willingness to Do a Good Turn Daily and to Help Other People at all times. We are proud to recognize the following units in this week’s addition of Scouting in the Community for performing random acts of Kindness, Helpfulness and Friendship. Mahalo to our healthcare heroes, first responders and frontline workers for going above and beyond to protect the communities we call home.
Stories From Our Scouts:
Troop 0220 is the first all girl troop in the Maui Nui District, Aloha Council. Established in 2020 by 6 remarkable young women known as the “Trailblazers”. Charted by Lihikai Elementary School in Kahului, Maui.
These young women are taking to Scouting and having fun! They participated in the National Camp-In held May 2nd by camping out in their backyards with their families. Here are a few pictures of the Scouts in their tents.
Embracing the Scout slogan Do a Good Turn Daily!
Keeping the men and women of the National Guard safe
Thank you to Scout Troop 0220 for making these wonderful masks.
Amidst the state-wide shut down of Hawaii, Scout Troop 325 from the Hikina District joined the fight against COVID-19. In the Scout spirit of giving back to the community, the Scout Council, led by Senior Patrol Leader Jonah Lum and the Troop Committee felt a duty to heed the call for additional PPE for our health care providers battling COVID-19 in our community.
They decided to create sewn surgical-style masks. After prototyping a few designs, the scouts (with advice from Associate Scout Master Dr. Chris Lum) selected a design that would be highly durable, more protective than a cloth mask, easy to fabricate, and could efficiently make the best use of the available sourced material. Their goal was to provide additional protection for these masks given the fact that N-95 masks were in short supply.
The Troop was able to obtain an electrostatic HVAC filter made by 3M (Filtrete 2800), which can filter particles as small as 0.3 microns. While 3M does not endorse the use of this filter for PPE, we felt the product offered a reasonable alternative for a healthcare worker who might otherwise not have adequate respiratory protection.
Guided by the tenet from the Scout Oath “to help other people at all times”, the troop of 63 scouts and their families and friends began the arduous task of sewing 1200 masks for our local hospitals (Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center, Queen’s Medical Center, and Pali Momi Medical Center).
The process began with cutting the 120 yards of fabric into two thousand four hundred 8”x 8” square segments. Paper clips were concurrently modified to form the flexible nose wire piece of the mask. Senior Patrol Leader Jonah Lum hosted a Zoom tutorial on the disassembly and repurposing of the Filtrete 2800 filter into inserts for our masks. They were able to obtain 1200 filter inserts with this process. The sewing commenced on 4/8/20 with approximately 17 sewing teams. They worked late into the evening for 9 days straight producing 1200 sewn cloth masks. The filters were inserted into the completed masks then packaged for delivery.
The first 400 masks were delivered to Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center on 4/13/20. Pali Momi Medical Center received 120 masks on 4/17/20. Troop 325 presented 400 masks to the Executive Board of Queens Medical Center on 4/17/20. The remainder of the masks will be donated to smaller healthcare providers on Oahu in need of personal protective equipment.
Troop 325 wishes to thank the selfless healthcare providers on the frontline, protecting our community and caring for our patients with COVID 19.
Check out this awesome video featuring Cub Scouts from Pack 40 on Maui showing their gratitude to our frontline workers who are putting themselves at risk for our safety. Since 1948, the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission has consistently supported Pack 40 in its long tradition of excellence in Scouting and the community.
Scouts of Girl Troop 201 were super excited for the chance to serve their community during this time. It was their first Zoom meeting where they came up with the idea of making goody bags with snacks, tea bags, instant latte packets, PPE masks and thank you cards to give to our hero’s working the frontline at Queen’s Medical Center. We greatly appreciate all that the medical community is doing to take care of those affected by COVID-19, said Elizabeth Kwock, Scoutmaster Girl Troop 201.
Scouts of Troop 39, Chartered out of the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa have been working non-stop since March 18 taking care of our Kupuna. Ryan Fielding, who is currently a Life Scout organized the Kupuna Needs project as a service for our Kupuna. During this time of COVID-19, our Kupuna are advised to remain at home. Many of these kupuna live alone, so with them remaining indoors, there is no one able to go out into public to do simple things like buy groceries. Kupuna have the opportunity to call using the hotline set up and place a request for the items readily available at no charge. Within 24 hours, volunteers come in to prepare the packages and organize supply shelves in preparation for the deliveries. The Kupuna Needs Project operates out of the old Cathedral School on Nu'uanu Avenue and also partners with other organizations who are helping our Kupuna. Volunteers are provided to help deliver for Hawaii Meals on Wheels and Malama Meals. Through Meals on Wheels, they have been able to serve around 1,350 hot meals to their elderly clients and through Malama Meals, served around 9,900 meals to their kupuna. Adding these numbers to Kupuna Needs Projects own 915 requests, they have been able to fulfill 12,165 requests for food, toiletries, or cleaning supplies. Currently, the Kupuna Needs project has 197 volunteers and these numbers continue to grow each day. For additional information on the Kupuna Needs Project or if other scouts want to get involved, they can contact Ryan Fielding of Troop 39 or visit http://www.kupunaneedsproject.com/
Click below to read about how one Scout and his father have persevered through these challenging times to work on bringing his Eagle Project to fruition by safely building a much needed tool shed for Makiki Community Garden.