Scout uses Youth Award to cre­ate gam­ing room at YMCA

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — How do you put to­gether a project that will pos­i­tively af­fect preschool­ers, se­nior cit­i­zens and ev­ery age in be­tween? Meet An­gelo Moore, a ju­nior at Queen Anne’s County High School. An­gelo ap­plied for a Young Peo­ple Who Care Award in Fe­bru­ary 2016 while a sopho­more at QACHS. This award has been made pos­si­ble through the vi­sion of the Queen Anne’s County Coun­cil for Chil­dren and Youth and Queen Anne’s County Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, the Lo­cal Man­age­ment Board. The award for young peo­ple, ages 5-18, was cre­ated to em­power chil­dren and youth to ex­press their voices and skills in help­ing their com­mu­ni­ties to thrive. An­gelo wanted to make a pos­i­tive change in an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional project through play­ing to­gether.

His project was to help the Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA to add a gam­ing sec­tion to a multi-pur­pose room, which is used as a cy­cling area, meet­ing space, for Day Care events, sum­mer camps, preschool and se­nior ci­ti­zen ac­tiv­i­ties and a Teen Cen­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to YMCA Di­rec­tor Mi­randa Rea­soner, the Sur­geon Gen­eral chal­lenged the Y’s to pro­vide creative ac­tiv­i­ties that are in­ter­gen­er­a­tional. Thus a great part­ner­ship was opened for An­gelo Moore, who is part of the Boy Scout of Amer­ica Ven­tur­ing Crew 175, and the YMCA.

An­gelo sees his Eagle Scout project as a bridge in the com­mu­nity. But even build­ing bridges, phys­i­cally or metaphor­i­cally, can run into chal­lenges. Rais­ing funds takes time as well as com­par­i­son shop­ping to get the best deals. Stamina, vi­sion, and help from your friends goes a long way to com­plet­ing your project.

After pur­chas­ing ap­pro­pri­ate video games “E” rated for ev­ery­one (Star Wars and Just Dance to name a few) as well as a flat screen TV and gam­ing con­soles, An­gelo en­listed two of his Scout­ing friends to help in set­ting up the gam­ing part of the room. Nick Short en­joyed test­ing out the games and build­ing mounts for the video screens. Greg Tarr liked help­ing out a friend.

An­gelo said he would be sure to help his friends with their projects and be­ing adap­tive helped them to con­nect with other ideas.

An­gelo’s advice to other Scouts when plan­ning a project is to start rais­ing money as soon as pos­si­ble, pick a good idea that is easy to en­vi­sion and stick with it and be sure to en­joy the project.

Rea­soner is al­ready look­ing at Waf­fles & Wii for se­niors, Mine Craft sum­mer camp cod­ing ses­sion, and other ideas for preschool­ers dur­ing the day and teens in the evening.

An­gelo used his youth award funds to help cre­ate an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional space for the com­mu­nity.

For in­for­ma­tion on the Young Peo­ple Who Care Award, con­tact Jacki Carter at 443-262-8138 or Ms­jac529@aol.com.

From left, Gregg Tarr, An­gelo Moore and Nick Short.

YMCA Di­rec­tor Mi­randa Rea­soner and An­gelo Moore

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