ALBANY, Ga. — A Boy Scout troop based out of Leesburg is hosting an event at Chehaw with the goal of helping the community’s special needs children get some fresh air.
Boy Scout Troop 7 and Chehaw are sponsoring the “Chehaw Nature RoundUp for Children with Special Needs” set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
The event, which will have a Western theme, is being opened to all children in the area with special needs. Some of the activities expected to be available will include a petting zoo, horseshoes, horses, photo booth, face painting, a Western town with a cowboy camp site and cooking, crafts, a balloon artist, games and snacks.
“There are a lot of things in the works,” said Amy Bacon, coordinator for the event. “It is geared to what they can do and have fun.”
Bacon said her motivation for spreading awareness on the needs of the disabled has stemmed from having a son with spina bifida who happens to be in the troop. She said she has done similar programs the last two years at the Boy Scout camp, but that there has not been much participation from parents.
This year, she wanted a venue that people could connect strongly to.
“It started out as something where we would open up the camp and show that scouting is for everybody,” she said.
“We push hard to let other parents know that they (their special needs children) can do scouting. We want them to be accepted and we want them to enjoy the outdoors.”
The scouts from the troop will also be volunteering at the event as part of their community service requirement, Bacon said.
Bacon said that her son, who is 15 years old, recently finished his Eagle Scout project. As far as she is concerned, this indicates that children with disabilities can take advantage of the good things in life just as those without disabilities can.
This does not necessarily mean joining the scouts, she said.
“We want them (the special needs children) to get outside and have things to do,” Bacon said. “We want them to understand that they can have fun.”
Those coming into the park for the event will be getting free admission into Chehaw, Bacon said. It will be set up in the rear of the recreational vehicle parking area.
The park is located at 105 Chehaw Park Road, just off of Philema Road. For more information, contact Bacon at (229) 854-3018.