Donna Schempp, is a Southern Shore Board of Directors Member and Matt Dyson is a member of Boy Scout Troop 67 in Haddon Heights, NJ. Donna invited Matt to create a service project with the chapter’s sign. Matt needed a service project to achieve Eagle Scout, the highest possible achievement for a Boy Scout. To reach Eagle Scout, a scout must plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project. Matt became an Eagle Scout recently with his volunteer project at the Southern Shore Chapter that helped him achieve the final step in the process. The 16 year old Gloucester Catholic High School Student completed his Board of Review with a very worthwhile project for Southern Shore Chapter. Matt’s project was to rebuild the concrete Chapter’s sign that had fallen in disrepair and was sorely in need of attention. The project included rebuilding the 15’ X 13’ sign that stands in front of the Chapter office in Pleasantville.
Blocks needed to be reset, letters and cracks filled in, power washing was done and then painting and sealing with waterproof paint. In addition, Matt replaced the electric lights and landscaping around the grounds of the sign. The project took place over three weekends and was initiated and assisted by Carol Cohen, the Executive Director of the Southern Shore Chapter. “Matt is such an outstanding example of the power of today’s youth. He’s a wonderful role model and his project helped our chapter to present a positive and appropriate image to the community that surrounds us. We’re hoping he will come back and speak to our Youth Council members to share his experiences and his thoughts on community service.” said Carol Cohen, Executive Director.