Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Chris Mayhew, a student at Robinson Secondary School, witnessed a car accident last summer and assisted the injured driver until EMTs arrived.
Imagine traveling in a car returning from a family trip with your parents when suddenly, the car in front of your vehicle veers off the road and flips into a nearby embankment. Rather than continue driving, you pull over and head into the embankment, unsure of what you’ll see, but knowing someone down there could need help. That’s what Chris Mayhew, a Life Scout with the Braddock District Boy Scout Troop 1131, did last July. Mayhew and his parents were traveling on Interstate 64 headed back home after visiting Virginia Beach when a car in the right lane swerved into the left lane where the Mayhew’s were, veered back into the right lane and then drove onto a shoulder of grass. The speed and momentum of the car caused it to flip just before …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
A revised policy would allow gay members but continue to prohibit adult LGBTQ leaders. Should Boy Scouts of America lift its ban for youth? Has the policy affected your family's experience with scouting? Tell us in the comments.
For years, the Boy Scouts of America has struggled with whether to lift its ban on gay scouts and leaders. But it may be an issue the organization will soon put, at least partially, to rest. In response to the flood of feedback the group has recieved since last summer, when it voted to uphold policy banning gay members and LGBTQ leaders, the Boy Scouts of America announced Friday it was proposing an end to the ban for youth scouts. The organization would still ban adults "who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA," according to the draft policy. The issue will come before 1,400 voting BSA members at a June meeting in Texas. The National Capital Area Council, …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Ethan Ellert's project benefited the station and earned him his Eagle Scout rank.
W.T. Woodson senior Ethan Ellert received a Citizen Recognition Award from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station 32 in Fairfax Station for his landscaping project. Battalion Fire Chief Larry Everett recently presented Ellert the award. "Ethan designed the garden, obtained funds for the plants and materials, recruited and organized 25 volunteers and completed the project prior to the 10 year anniversary of 9-11," said Station 32 Commander Captain Robert Konczal. "Ethan also provided and dedicated a memorial plaque and bench to the first responders who responded to the terrorist attacks that fateful day," he said. The project helped Ethan earn his Eagle Scout rank, the highest possible in boy scouts.