Scout Promotes Literacy Through an Inspired Eagle Project

Assistant patrol leader Kyle K., left, and patrol leader Sean K. collect donations for Kyle’s Eagle project. (Photo Credit: The Herald Times)
Assistant patrol leader Kyle K., left, and patrol leader Sean K. collect donations for Kyle’s Eagle project. (Photo Credit: Times Herald)

A Scout from the Washington Crossing Council is helping local children discover literary adventure with books of their own.

When Boy Scout Kyle K. started planning his Eagle Project, he knew he wanted to do something unique.

Inspired by his grandmother’s efforts with the Family Literacy and America Reads volunteer programs, the aspiring Eagle decided to initiate a children’s book drive.

Kyle’s passion for literacy stemmed from helping his grandmother, Kathy Rose with her own volunteer work, but the service project idea was his own.

“People think I suggested this project to him, but he came up with it on his own. Of course he has helped me carry donated books into and out of libraries in the past,” Rose shared with the Times Herald.

Kyle combined two key elements for the project: he translated a passion into a contribution and he listened to his community’s needs. With the help of Kyle’s fellow Scouts, the project would be more successful than he imagined.

Kyle told the Times Herald, “I didn’t think we’d get more than 300 books, but they kept coming and coming.”

Even as the Scouts collected the three hundredth book, donations were quickly surpassing the seemingly lofty goal. But collecting hundreds of books was only the start—the drive was far from over.

As children’s literature continued to pour in, Kyle and his family were in awe of the kindness of their fellow community members. Before the team knew it, donations climbed to an astounding 2,000 books!

The Scout diligently found avenues through schools, churches, and non-profit organizations to deliver the products of his service.

Kyle used his inherited passion to develop his own way of serving the community. He demonstrated the Scout Law by showing his desire “to help other people at all times” through his Eagle project.

Learn more about Kyle’s Eagle project in the story by the Times Herald and see how these books made a difference in the community!


Rochelle Randles


Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.