The National Training Center and Fort Irwin underwent a planned power outage Nov. 16, and sticking around that Saturday to provide a helping hand to the community was Boy Scout Troop 67.
The installation planned for various resources to be available, such as warming stations, cooling stations, ice distribution points and some restaurants remained open with generator power.
Scouts arrived to the ice point at Tiefort View Intermediate School that morning and immediately began handing out 20-pound ice bags to people pulling up in their vehicles, according to Maj. Scott Shopa, assistant Scout Master and project manager with Western Region (South) United States Army Health Facility Planning Agency at Fort Irwin.
The Scouts staffed the ice point until 11 a.m. They also provided Red Cross fliers that communicated “what to do instructions in case of a power outage” and a list of free, emergency notification smartphone apps, said Shopa.
Shopa stated that the experience showcased Boy Scout values.
“Scouting teaches the spirit of volunteerism and builds confidence in handling all kinds of situations,” Shopa commented. “The Scout slogan is ‘do a good turn daily.’ The Scout motto is ‘always be prepared.’ [That]Saturday, the Scouts exhibited both, for the good of Fort Irwin, during the power outage.”