Scouting project beautifies free clinic

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Members of Boy Scout Troop 107 assist David Jones (blue sweatshirt) with his Eagle Scout project at Heart and Soul Clinic, 202 Penn St., Westfield, on Oct. 27.

Westfield’s Heart and Soul Clinic, 202 Penn St., received a facelift Oct. 27 as a group of Boy Scouts from Troop 107 beautified the city owned building and land for David Jones’ Eagle Scout Project.

“It’s really nice they came out and are helping,” said Jones. “They’re a good group of guys.”

Jones, 14, is a freshman at Guerin Catholic High School and said he learned about a potential project at St. Luke’s Church.

“I knew they needed a ramp and when I met with them I learned they had one,” Jones said, adding his current project idea came from talking with Heart and Soul Clinic’s Sandy Kirsch.

Jones’ project included the installation of a railing along a back walkway ramp, as well as removal of gravel and placement of landscaping around the clinic. Scouts planted bushes and flowering plants around the building before adding mulch. Jones also stained the front porch and clinic sign.

“The hardest part was going out for the first time and getting donations,” he said. “Once you started doing it, it got easier.”

Local businesses that assisted Jones with his project include Country Mulch, Menards, Chick-fil-A, and PPG Porter Paints.

Troop 107 is charted at First United Methodist Church and located directly north of Heart and Soul Clinic. Jones hopes his project can be a reference to other Scouts looking into their own projects.

“It will be very neat seeing it – a visual reminder of how much work went into it,” he said.

Jones began his Scouting career in second grade.

“It’s been very rewarding as a parent to see him grow,” said Phil Jones. “I’m very proud of everything he’s done as a Boy Scout.”

Jones said the project is the last requirement he has to complete before going in front of the Eagle Board. He is a member of Order of the Arrow, a Firecrafter and traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch last summer. Once Jones achieves Scouting’s highest rank, he plans to remain active and work on earning Eagle Palms.

Campouts and hanging out and learning with his fellow Scouts are what Jones said he enjoys most about Scouting.

“I like being able to get outdoors with the guys and having fun,” he said.

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