Over the Labor Day weekend the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of McAllen was full of volunteers working on some much needed improvements to the front entrance area and parking lot. This community improvement project was organized by Boy Scout Adrian M. Guerrero working towards earning his Eagle Scout status.

Adrian organized over 60 volunteers made up of friends, neighbors and family to lend a helping hand in the two day project. On Sept. 1, the youth and their leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came together to clear away brush, pick up trash, dig holes and prepare the ground for planting.

On Sat. Sept. 4, more volunteers showed up to put pavers, plant flowers, decorative bushes and lay grass and mulch in the new garden. The large parking lot was cleared of debris and old paint and made ready for the new paint job.

This project was made possible thanks to the donations and materials donated by the following local businesses; Home Depot of Pharr, (Jerry Garcia, manager) and Gene Shipley owner of Harley Davidson & Valley Nuclear. The paint for the parking lot was donated by Abel Gonzalez of Glidden Professional paint center and Damaso Mata of Mata Painting. The parking lot paint job was done by Adrian’s grandfather, Rogelio Garcia of Perma-stripe.

Adrian has been in scouting since he was six years old. He has earned over 25 different Merit badges and passed from Cub Scout to Boy Scout getting the Arrow of Light Award when he was 10 years old.

“Getting selected into the ‘Order of the Arrow’ (Scouting’s Honor Society) was a big step for me because only one scout out of 50 gets elected each year. Even so, I knew that I still had several years of hard work ahead of me to achieve my ultimate goal of reaching the Eagle Scout status.”

With the support of his parents and leaders, he has completed 12 years in scouting.

“Thru scouting, I have learned leadership and many other valuable skills that will help me though out my life. It is also very rewarding to be involved and help out in the community”

The improvements made to the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of McAllen will be enjoyed by everyone that visits, especially the young kids that spend a lot of time there during the summer and afterschool.