Tiger Scouts create Busy Books for families at CMC

Tiger Cub Pack 235, Den 4, created Busy Books to help keep kids occupied when they are at Cambridge Medical Center. The 200 books will be used throughout the medical center. Pictured are Michelle Hartnett (left) and Lisa Gunderson, both with Cambridge Medical Center, along with Scouts Brayden Otier, Daryl Kram and Jacob Stilson.

Tiger Cub Pack 235, Den 4, created Busy Books to help keep kids occupied when they are at Cambridge Medical Center. The 200 books will be used throughout the medical center. Pictured are Michelle Hartnett (left) and Lisa Gunderson, both with Cambridge Medical Center, along with Scouts Brayden Otier, Daryl Kram and Jacob Stilson.

They may be little, but some 6-year-old boys are making a big difference for fellow kids at their local medical center.

The Tiger Scouts from Cambridge Cub Scout Pack 235 have found their skills are in demand at Cambridge Medical Center, where a special kind of service project is keeping younger patients and visitors occupied and their spirits up.

Calling it Busy Books, the Scouts assemble a variety of coloring pages and an assortment of crayons, and so far they have had the supplies to complete and deliver 200 of these activity trinkets to various CMC departments.

Tiger den leader Stacey Kram came up with the idea after realizing the lack of activities for kids during visits at various medical facilities with her young son, Daryl, who has muscular dystrophy.

“We needed a service project for the kids, and I always keep coloring books in my purse for kids to do,” Kram said.

She started her search for project ideas and hospitals on Google and found some youth groups will find coloring books and packs of crayons at home, friends’ homes and even garage sales. Then it’s a matter of stapling four pages per packet and equipping each with an assortment of about four different colored crayons.

The boys stuff crayons as part of the Busy Book project.

The boys stuff crayons as part of the Busy Book project.

The result is a Busy Book, a named coined by these Tiger Scouts, including Daryl Kram, Brayden Otier, Jacob Stilson and Xander Levitski. Co-leading the Tigers is Trisha Stilson.

Kram said CMC keeps the books on hand on the third and fourth floors of the hospital; short stay, same day surgery; the emergency department; and a few other departments that often have children waiting or visiting.

“The clinic also asked for the books after they saw it on the (CMC) website,” she noted. “It’s now on their Facebook page.”

While the project appears to be a successful endeavor for the Tiger Scouts and their ambition toward earning a community service badge, Kram wonders if it could turn into a Cub Scout Pack-wide project for many more youth to help a family out.

“We’ve received wonderful feedback,” she said. “Kids can get bored, especially in the ER. We’re hoping to help families in their different situations.”

For more information on or to donate to this project, contact Stacey Kram at sjkram@hotmail.com.

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