Asplundh, Scouts Team-Up to Give Philadelphia’s Lighthouse Field a Makeover
A historic landmark, Lighthouse Field in Philadelphia turned 100 years old this year. In celebration, The Lighthouse, Inc. launched a year-long campaign called “A Century of Champions,” focused on recommitting its pledge to help the children of the Philadelphia area develop the skills and maturity needed to succeed as adults. As part of this campaign, the field has enhanced the look and safety of the field, launched a campaign to fight childhood obesity and partnered with community organizations to serve more children.
According to John Lavery, CEO for The Lighthouse, Inc., “By increasing the points of entry to the field beyond sports through our playground and through initiatives with our partners, such as the Boy Scouts, we will introduce a new generation of children to the world of outdoor physical play and healthier lifestyles.” Currently the organization serves more than 5,000 youth at the field annually.
Recently, the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America worked with Lighthouse and Asplundh Tree Expert Co. to initiate a significant improvement project for the field. Through the hard work of 50 Asplundh employees who donated their time, the neglected outer park perimeter received a much needed “haircut” on September 6. This impressive effort created a much more safe and pleasant looking atmosphere for the community.
Additionally, the park initiated an #EatRight, MoveRight program focused on encouraging children to adopt healthier eating habits and engage in more daily physical activity. Lastly, partnerships with outside organizations were formed to introduce new children to the park and engage them in fun and healthy activities. The most recent collaboration is with the Cradle of Liberty Council. Starting on Friday, October 17, Lighthouse Field will host the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Encampment. 600 Boy Scouts who will be participating in fun Scouting activities as well as camping-out for the weekend. 200 of these Scouts will be participants of the council’s ScoutReach program, that provides traditional Scouting opportunities to at-risk youth. Visit colbsa.org/phila for more information.
Here are some pictures of the Lighthouse Field transformation: