Story and photos by Andrea Sutherland
Before the more than 750 volunteers came to Ironhorse Park Saturday for Make a Difference Day, 10 Boy Scouts from Troop 164 and their parents woke at 4 a.m. to cook breakfast for the crowd.
“We get pride,” said Caleb Skinner, 14. “And shirts.”
Earning service hours for their work, Skinner and his fellow Scouts cooked pancakes, sausage and eggs.
“We forgot the bacon,” said Dylan Mathis, 11, eating a pancake.
After the feast, the Boy Scouts joined
children from Cub Scout Troop 264 and Girl Scouts from Troop 3092 as well as cadets from the Air Force Academy and volunteers from Fort Carson, United Way and local churches, to rake leaves, paint and stain structures in Ironhorse Park and build playgrounds for dogs in the dog park. Volunteers also collected old electronics for recycling and trash along the fences between gates 4 and 5 and completed various projects throughout the residential neighborhoods.
“It’s important to take pride in our community,” said Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. James A. Kilpatrick. “The camaraderie, it takes away from the fact that they are actually working.”
In Arapahoe Village, Cub Scout Troop Leader and Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Albright painted a speed bump with his son, Trevor, and Dominic Weilemann.
Albright, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said this was his third year volunteering for the event.
“We get to paint this year,” he said, smoothing out the yellow paint with his brush. The volunteer den leader said that he thought it was important to get his son and the other boys involved in community service projects.
“This is a stubborn crack,” said Dominic, 8, a Cub Scout in Albright’s pack.
“It could be worse,” Albright said. “At least we’re not raking.”
On the grounds of Ironhorse Park,
Carl McPherson vigorously raked leaves as
Girl Scouts scooped up the large piles he left in his wake into trash bags. McPherson, director of operations for the Directorate of Emergency Services, brought his wife and daughter to the event.
“Joey, more bags,” he bellowed across the park to Joey Bautista, Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps manager and event organizer.
More subdued volunteers paced themselves for the five-hour stretch.
Jonathan Lambert, a major with the Office of the Fort Carson Staff Judge Advocate General, brought his children and wife to the event.
“It’s important to teach our children about service and community,” Lambert said. “If we all pitch in, we can accomplish a lot in our community.”