For The Madison Press
March 28, 2014
Aaron Daniel Lynn, son of Dr. Daniel and Resa Lynn of Plain City, has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts. Aaron, 17, is a member of Troop 356, sponsored by Dublin Baptist Church. The final step in becoming an Eagle Scout was his community service project, a summer concert series at seven nursing homes around the Central Ohio area.
For his service project, he recruited nearly 30 amateur and professional musicians. In a span of two weeks, Aaron and his group of volunteers traveled to the seven nursing homes, providing more than 200 residents with musical entertainment. Some volunteers played the piano, violin, flute or saxophone, while others sang or played the guitar. The hour-long programs included patriotic numbers, jazz pieces and favorite old hymns. In addition to preparing the program for each concert and playing the piano for his audiences, he also accompanied other musicians and served as the event emcee. The senior citizens in the audiences were visibly moved by the concerts — while some sang along with favorite tunes, others clapped along to the beat or even wiped tears from their eyes. Following each concert, the volunteer musicians spent time passing out crafts and visiting with the nursing home residents.
In addition to the grateful nursing home residents, the staff members at the facilities expressed their appreciation to Aaron for his efforts to boost the spirits of the residents. Even the volunteers were moved by the experience. One musician was so touched that she made plans to bring her own music students back to the nursing home to play for residents at a later date.
His community service project was recently selected as a nominee for the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project “Project of the Year Award,” which recognizes valuable service of an exceptional nature.
A homeschooled junior, he is enrolled part-time at Shekinah Christian School, where he is a member of the varsity boys’ basketball team. His accomplishments will be celebrated at a Court of Honor on Saturday, March 29.