Scout uses Youth Award to create gaming room at YMCA
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