BSA Troop 43-B and 43-G dedicated and designed each letter of ‘Thank You’ for the various industries that fall under the category of essential work during the COVID-19 health …
BSA Troop 43-B and 43-G dedicated and designed each letter of ‘Thank You’ for the various industries that fall under the category of essential work during the COVID-19 health pandemic. The plan- ning and creation of the letters displayed at the corner of Montauk Highway and South Windsor Avenue in Brightwaters took about three weeks of the troop’s time. The letters were installed on the corner on Saturday, April 25.
“There has been a lot in the news and the media thanking essential workers, and our troop wanted to do something along that line,” said Ray Polk, the T43-B scoutmaster, continuing on to say that the troop worked alongside AMVETS Post 76 in Bay Shore. “One of the AMVETS members has a wood shop, so he cut out all the letters, and they were painted in the light-blue exterior paint.”
Polk said that the scouts wanted to not only thank essential workers in the community, but also acknowledge the difficulty of those who are staying home and social distancing.
“They see [Gov. Andrew Cuomo] put- ting up the announcements basically saying that if people do not buy into this, they cannot really enforce it,” Polk said. “It was a way of the scouts covering all of the people who they wanted to thank in one place.”
Scouts were paired up and assigned a letter to design and an industry to dedicate the letter to.
“They presented their plan to the committee, and once approved, we would drop off the actual physical letter at their house,” Polk said. “The kids did great. One kid would work on one half of the letter and then they would bring it over... Another case was one of the kids was very artistic, so he drew in all the pictures and then brought it to the next house and the other kid would write in all of the words that he wanted matched up to the pictures.”