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Scouts do good deed to mark Earth Day

Manteca Webelos Scouts David McGill, back, and Adam Pintor watch as customer Rose Varnet takes two of the Scouts' Earth Day bags at the Save Mart store on North Main Street.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED April 23, 2009 2:09 a.m.
Adam Pintor can rest easy knowing that he did a little something to help the planet.

To coincide with the national celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday Pintor was one of more than a dozen members of Cub Scout Pack 432 that distributed decorated paper bags at Save Mart on Main Street – bags that were emblazoned with activity sheets encouraging conservation.

Getting out and talking to people, he said, was a great way to spread the Earth Day message and show what the Cub Scout troop is all about.

“I’ve been reminding people about Earth Day today and a lot of the people are really nice and want to learn more about it,” Pintor said. “It’s fun to be out here and get the chance to meet new people and to do good things for people.

“Maybe some of the people we talk to will have kids and will see that they can talk to a den leader and be able to join.”

During their weekly meeting on Monday at Calvary Community Church the four dens that comprise Pack 432 decorated the bags that Save Mart donated with activity sheets that event coordinator Troy Stelmack assembled – taking one of them straight from the EPA website that reminds people of the importance of conserving water.

According to Stelmack, the work that the young men did will complete some of the requirements for them to earn badges in conservation and community service and will hopefully plant the seed for them to carry on tasks like the one executed Wednesday in the future.

“I think that the experience of being out in the public and talking to people is really beneficial,” Stelmack said. “It lets them know exactly who they’re out there helping in terms of people in the community and it gives them knowledge and experience that they can’t get anywhere else.”

On top of donating the bags, Stelmack said that Save Mart also provided the pack with space to coordinate their Earth Day activities and set up tables for them to use during the four hours that they were scheduled to be in the store.

In addition to handing out bags, a pledge sheet was available for people to record what they plan to do over the course of the next year in the name of Earth Day.
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