Eagle Scout Project Meraki Aims to Help with Kids’ Well-Being During Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
Joseph DiMare, 14-year-old Life Scout with Troop 13 West Palm Beach, is working on becoming an Eagle Scout--the highest rank attainable by Boys Scouts of America. Joey chose Center for Child Counseling to be the beneficiary of his Project Meraki which aims to inspire children living through the global COVID pandemic to experience art, engage and occupy their minds, and transcend their current situations.
In conjunction with the final day of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Troop 13 Boy Scouts will gather in uniform this Saturday, May 8, 2021, starting at 2:30 PM, in the backyard of Joey’s North Palm Beach home to assemble 250 art kits which will later be distributed to 50 children who receive services from Center for Child Counseling.
Meraki is a word from modern Greece used to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love. Project Meraki will provide a unique craft box each day over a period of five days. Each box will include 5 different craft projects with all of the art supplies needed and an instruction card which explains the activity and has a URL to a YouTube channel with a video guide for the activity using the EDGE method–Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable. Joey is also creating an online portal for the children (or parents) to upload photos of their finished artwork to share.
Troop 13 was founded in 1937 and is the oldest active Scout Troop in Gulfstream Council, covering a 7-county area including Palm Beach county. The Troop has a distinguished history and has produced over 100 Eagle Scouts since its founding.
Center for Child Counseling has been building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County since 1999. Its services focus on preventing and healing the effects of adverse experiences and toxic stress on children, promoting resiliency and healthy family, school, and community relationships.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
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Cara Scarola Hansen