Troop 868 in Action
DSL WALK/RUN
(Saturday, October 6, 2012)

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For the past several years Troop 868 has assisted the Downs Syndrome of Louisville Association of Louisville (DSL) in conducting their annual fundraising walk/run at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville.  We got started helping this event when a young man with Downs Syndrome joined our troop.  That scout is still a member of our unit and has progressed to become a Life Scout with only a couple of more merit badges to earn and a service project to complete in order to become an Eagle Scout.  And he has done this without any special requirement waivers or other considerations.  We are extremely proud of him and his accomplishments; and the opportunity to work with DSL and learn more about Downs Syndrome has been both an education and a blessing for other scouts in our unit.

This year we were asked to assist with setup and decorating starting at 7:30 AM.  We then helped serve donated food such as fruit, doughnuts, and pizza to the participants and their families.  We also handed out free helium-filled balloons as the walkers arrived.  We then provided a color guard detail for the opening ceremonies.  And throughout the event we picked up litter and emptied the trash bins.  As the crowd began to thin out late morning, the scouts had a bit of free time to play some of the carnival-style games and some of the younger boys got their faces painted.

Preston, holding the Kentucky state flag, Noah, and our other Noah, holding the American flag, present the colors while the national anthem is being sung. The color guard detail then turned and led the assembled walkers for the first stretch of the walk.
The color guard then moved off to the side and continued to hold the colors as several thousand participants walked past.  At extreme left we have Connor, then Preston with the state flag, and Spencer on the right. In this view we see Senior Patrol Leader Connor with Preston to his right.
Several of the younger scouts, like Tristan, enjoyed getting their faces painted and winning some beads and necklaces playing the games. Noah and Eric take a short rest break.  Toby, with painted face and eating an apple, stands behind them.
Andrew assisted by helping to run one of the games and offered positive encouragement to a young player. (L to R back row):  Scoutmaster Bob Meek, Noah, Tyler, Thomas, Troop dad Kevin Brookshire, Toby, Noah, and Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Hagerman.  (L to R front row):  Tristan, Andrew, Gavin, Eric, and Preston.