Boy Scouts help cleanup West Ashley

May 10 22:40 2016 Print This Article

The Old Charles Towne Neighborhood Association was joined by Boy Scout Troop 79 at a litter pickup along Old Towne Rd. and North Bridge Park Sat., May 7.  17 scouts and 7 adult leaders participated.  A  total of 15 trash bags were collected. Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. sponsors the scout troop.  Chartered in 1961, the scout troop meets at the church the first Mon. of each month at 7 pm.  It is open to boys of all faiths and backgrounds. Scoutmaster James Skinner notes that all of the troop’s projects are led by the scouts themselves.  The objective is to develop leadership skills in the young men and emphasize the importance of being good citizens. I was very impressed by the scouts and their adult leaders.

IMG_1698They arrived before 8 am on a Sat. morning and got right to work.  They obviously take pride in the appearance of West Ashley and our beautiful marshland.   In addition to bottles, cans and fast food bags, we found items such as foam insulation, scrap metal and discarded shoes along the side of the highway. Litter pickups do a lot to bring neighbors together and make a difference in how our community is perceived.  Many drivers honked or rolled down their windows to offer words of encouragement. All the materials for the litter pickup, including orange vests, trash bags and gloves are provided by the Palmetto Pride Adopt-A-Highway program, which was initiated by former USC football coach Lou Holtz  when he noted on recruiting trips that there was a litter problem on South Carolina roads.