BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Boy Scout Cameron Mays from Troop 54 is proud of the successful Book Swap he organized for his First Class service project requirement. The Book Swap, held on March 11th in Basking Ridge, encouraged eager readers to choose a book and also learn about Room to Read, a global organization focusing on literacy.
Cameron received approval for the project from his Scout Master and set to work selecting the location, time, date and schedule for the event. He placed book collection boxes at local post office locations prior to the swap to build inventory and shared details of the event on social media.
The Book Swap raised $150 for Room to Read. The money will fund book publication in the local languages of the countries where Room to Read operates. Room to Read hires native talent to create original titles and publishes each book for $1.
“I think the book swap went pretty good, it was executed as planned and I had all the parts and supplies ready…it was good to see how the event affected others and spread the message of literacy.” – Cameron Mays
Cameron credits lessons learned from scouting for his maturity and leadership. Cameron is in his eighth year of scouting and enjoys learning skills and having the opportunity to apply those skills through camping and other activities. He is a patrol leader in his troop and believes scouting helps one learn how to act around people and imparts important life skills.