Making Masks for the Community

This story was submitted by Hilary Thornton.

At their first online meeting, the Scouts of Crew 2992 tossed service project ideas around. They really wanted to help the frontline essential workers, like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks and delivery drivers.

One of the youth leaders threw out the idea that local essential workers needed more personal protective equipment. He knew there were movements sweeping the nation to sew cloth surgical masks and donate them locally. 

Making the Masks

The Crew found patterns available online,   The Scouts discovered that Jo-Ann Fabrics was offering free kits for pickup, so they go to work. The free completed masks were to be returned to the store to be distributed to local hospitals.

Assistant Crew Advisor Hilary Thornton drove to Jo-Ann Fabric and picked up several mask kits. Arriving home he re-familiarized himself with his sewing machine and sewed his first mask. 


After sewing more masks, he was ready to teach his three sons, all members of Crew 2992.  His son’s masks looked great, better, than his own first attempt.

Each son taught the next, until all three had made several masks and a total of 15 masks were produced in less than 24 hours! The project was well underway.  It felt good to be able to do something to help the heroes on the front lines of the fight. We were happy to show our community that “A Scout is helpful.

About Crew 2992

Venturing Crew 2992 chartered to American Legion Post 29 in 2019 is one of the Atlanta Area Council’s newest Venturing Crews. 

Crew 2992 is the Atlanta Area Council’s International Crew, meaning members have an interest in international travel and interacting with Scouts from around the world.