Scout Builds Nature Trail Challenge for Children in Treatment at Alexander Youth Network

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Eagle Scout Candidate Brad Hamilton built an addition to the nature trail course on Alexander Youth Network's treatment campus for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

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Beth Jones, Director of Volunteer Services at Alexander Youth Network, and Eagle Scout Candidate Brad Hamilton

At that point, I realized that the project was greater than my sense of accomplishment. It was going to be helping real people.

CHARLOTTE (September 28, 2012) - After attending Firsthand, a field day and tour event at Alexander Youth Network, Eagle Scout Candidate Brad Hamilton knew he had found the right organization for his community outreach. Hamilton talked with the clinical staff and learned how the agency’s low-ropes course impacts children in treatment, and he committed to building a Whale Watch as an addition to the course.
On the day Brad completed the project, children next to the course began to get excited about seeing the new addition take shape.

“At that point,” explains Hamilton, “I realized for the first time that the project was greater than my sense of accomplishment. It was going to be helping real people.”

Beth Jones, Director of Volunteer Services at Alexander, and William Craig, a Behavioral Health Counselor, have shared that long after the initial excitement fades, this new feature on the ropes course will help children on campus who are receiving treatment for severe emotional and behavioral challenges.

For Hamilton, the experience made him passionate about making a difference.

“I have always wanted to give back to Charlotte in a positive way because it is the city where I was born and raised,” said Hamilton. “I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.”

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