I’ve been involved in many service activities over the years. In 1997, at the age of 11, I began volunteering at a cub scout camp (Camp Nee Deep) teaching 7-10 year olds how to tie knots, bandage wounds, cook food, etc. I volunteered for 2 or 3 weeks there for about 3 summers before the camp started paying its staff. I continued working at this camp each summer for 5 more years, 2 of which I served as the “Head Den Chief” where I managed the youth staff, organized the activities, and led the singing/stories/skits. Though I received some monetary gain (roughly $11 a day for 8 hours of daily work for 3 weeks), I still considered it volunteer work.
As a Boy Scout I spent many hours doing service projects for the community with my scout troop, with other scouts for their Eagle projects, and with my own Eagle project. In 2003 I completed my own Eagle project which involved cleaning the auditorium chairs at North Salem High School, removing the face-plates (numbered plates designating the section, row, and seat number in the auditorium) from the chairs, and adding new face-plates. That fall I obtained the rank of an Eagle Scout.
Aside from scouting, I had many other service opportunities through my involvement with my church and with my track team.
Shortly after graduating from high school I left home to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I spent 2 years in the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission teaching people from the areas around Albuquerque, Gallup, and Farmington about the message of the restored gospel. The experience helped change me to be the person that I am today and to better understand, sympathize, and empathize with people from all different walks of life.
Since those experiences, most service work has revolved around church activities and taking on additional roles in school functions. Previously I volunteered as a member of ORVA’s technology committee, as well as part of the K12 Northwest Regional Technology Committee. At South, I’m currently volunteering to be a part of their technology committee as well.
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