Boy Scouts spend Saturday morning cleaning roadside

By Kate Crutcher

O’FALLON – With warmer weather approaching, the young men of Boy Scout Troop 85 got up early last Saturday morning and went to work, on cleaning up one of the local highways. 

Service is one of the highest core values for the Boy Scouts. Throughout the year, the young men, scouts, and their leaders, scouters, donate a good amount of time doing service projects for their community. All the services the Boy Scouts provide is voluntary, but comes highly recommended that they participate, in as many as they can. When the Scouts gain enough service hours, they are honored by moving up in rank. 

Rob Smith has been a leader for the Boy Scout Troop in O’Fallon for the past four years. He is currently the Committee Chair, but previously held the title of Assistant Scoutmaster. 

“For all the community service that the boys and adults perform, they learn that it is important to give back to their community. From the Adopt-A-Highway program keeping the streets of O’Fallon clean to collecting food for the O’Fallon Food Pantry to performing service to our chartering organization, Central Christian Church, we strive to give back. Service is a paramount to the Scouting program,” Smith said. 

During the year, Boy Scout Troop 85, cleans up scattered trash through the Adopt-A-Highway program, three times a year. The Troop adopted a two-mile stretch on North Lincoln.