Scouts lend hand to Jacob's House Orphanage - 27 JAN 2012
PHOTO CAPTION: Luke Johnson, a Cub Scout with Osan's Pack 86 helps a play area windows at the Jacob's House orphanage. U.S. Army photo by Edward Johnson
Scouts lend hand to Jacob's House
By Mary Kim, USAG Humphreys, Public Affairs
PYEONGTAEK - First-hand experience is often the best way to learn about
With that in mind, boys from Cub Scout Pack 86 and Boy Scout Troop 88
recently pitched in to help out around Jacob's House, a local orphanage for
children in need.
The Scouts also collected donations for the orphanage, including an
assortment of diapers, 24o pounds of rice and other food items.
Jacob's House was built in 1985. Children at the home range in age from
newborn to three years old. The orphanage is currently home to 41 boys and
Between taking care of the children's needs and upkeep of the facility,
Jacob's House is in continual need of volunteers, and that's where the
Scouts came in.
After delivering their donations, the boys spent the morning cleaning the
orphanage's first floor common areas, including an indoor playground and
library. The younger boys focused their efforts on organizing children's
books and mopping the floors, while the older Scouts took turns vacuuming
the floors and cleaning the windows.
USAG Humphreys' Chief of Community Relations, Pom Tong Yu, helped organize
the event and served as the day's escort and translator.
"The work they did was a big help to the orphanage," said Yu. "You could see the
Scouts were anxious to work and took pride in their volunteer service."
Their efforts continue a long tradition of cooperation between Americans and
"It was great experience for me and my companions. If I have a chance to do
this again, I would take it and would recommend it to others," said Chris
Lycan, a Boy Scout with Troop 88 in Yongsan.
Ko, Eun-ju, Jacob's House director, talked about how much the Scouts'
"The Jacob's House workers and children really appreciate their help," Ko
said. "Although they are still young, they are mature and have a strong
sense of responsibility and care about contributing to the community. If
they maintain this, they will be fine young men and contributors to
Units or individuals interested in helping the Jacob's House should call
031-658-5166 or 031-652- 2311.