Eagle Scout from BSA Troop 348 helps CCC _lowres

Photo provided by Troop 348 -- More than 1,100 pounds of food was collected at Cub Scout Day Camp this summer to benefit Community Christian Concern in Slidell. The project was organized by Troop 348 Scout Daniel Spencer with help from his fellow Scouts as part of his Eagle Scout project. Shown at John Slidell Park with food collected for Community Christian Concern are Daniel Spencer, in front; and back row from left, Sam Lawson; Daniel Metzger; Chris Barron; Sam Rowley; Mark Porter, of Troop 362; Nathan Lacourrege; Matthew Bald; Matthew Spencer; and Stephen Spencer.

Daniel Spencer, of Boy Scout Troop 348, chartered to Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell, has worked for several months on his Eagle Service Project. Spencer met with officials at the Slidell-based Community Christian Concern to learn about the needs of the organization in feeding hungry families in the greater Slidell area.

Phase I of the project was conducted over the summer at Cub Scout Day Camp. Spencer organized Scouts from Troop 348 to work with Cub Scout Dens at day camp to collect food.

Phase II was conducted in September when Scouts from Troop 348 under Spencer’s leadership conducted a door-to-door food drive in many Slidell area neighborhoods. In all, more than 1,100 pounds of nonperishable food were collected for the CCC food pantry.

The CCC serves the community by providing emergency basic needs to individuals and families.

Spencer also learned that donations of food and other essentials are lowest during the summer months and peak around Thanksgiving and Christmas time each year. Consequently, he decided to focus his Eagle Project on collecting food to bolster CCC supplies during the leaner summer months.