Rudy Youth in Lucketts
Providing service to your community, enjoying fellowship with your neighbors and establishing good relationships with others are life habits that can begin in childhood. Ruritan National established Rudy Youth Clubs to foster the development of these habits in our local elementary, middle and high school students.
In 2014 the first Rudy Youth Club for our community was established at Lucketts Elementary through the sponsorship of the Lucketts Elementary School PTA. Naomi Hattaway, a Ruritan Club member and also then Lucketts Elementary PTA President established the first Club with the assistance of Karyn Price and other parents interested in encouraging these habits in our school children.
Every year since 2014, the Lucketts Elementary School Rudy Youth Club has provided community service through an annual Coat Drive. It was discovered that year, when Ms. Carolyn Clement came to the school as it’s Principal, that a large portion of the school’s children came from families who struggled to provide winter coats and shoes for their children. Working together with the Parent Liaison office at school the Rudy Youth Club and the Ruritans collect coats from the community to meet this consistent need.
The Club meets once a month after school and members are drawn from the 4th and 5th grade classes. With the direction of an adult leader, the Rudy Youth members structure a series of community service projects that they complete from October through May of each school year.
In 2018, with four years of “graduating Rudy’s” headed off to middle school, the first Rudy Youth Club was established at Smarts Mill Middle School. More than 60 local children participate in this Club between the two schools. Plans are in development to offer a Rudy Youth Club at Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School as well in the future.
Boy Scout Troop 1910 & Cub Scout Pack 965
The Lucketts Ruritan Club sponsors Boy Scout Troop 1910 and is the troop’s chartering organization. The troop was founded in June 1998. The Lucketts based troop is a part of the National Capital Area Council and the Goose Creek District. Troop 1910 is very active, and is known for the multitude of outdoor activities they participate in throughout the year, including backwoods camping, hiking, and backpacking activities.
In addition, the club provides financial support to other scouting organizations in the community. These include Cub Scout Pack 965 which serves Leesburg Elementary and Lucketts Elementary School students, http://www.scoutlander.com/publicsite/unithome.aspx?UID=16609, and local Girl Scout troops in the Goose Creek – Association 70 area.
Girl Scout Troop 751
Lucketts has a wonderful Girl Scout community and history. In addition to have very active troops in Lucketts, Camp Potomac Woods is located right here in the Lost Corner area of Lucketts! Each year scouts participate in outdoor, STEAM, leadership and service activities. The Lucketts Ruritan Club sponsors the Troop, allowing the assistance they need to accomplish some of their many community service projects.
Student Citizen of the Year Awards
As a community based civic club, Ruritan takes pleasure in recognizing young citizens of the community. Each year the Club awards a gift certificate to a student at Lucketts Elementary, Smarts Mill Middle, and Tuscarora High for their outstanding citizenship.The awardees were selected by teachers and other representatives at the student’s school. The criteria for selection include being a good student, interacting well with both faculty and schoolmates, volunteering their time, and providing a good example to others. In 2019 the Lucketts Ruritan Club presented certificates and a Staples Gift Card to each of the following student citizen award winners.
- Spencer Anderson of Tuscarora High School received a $500 gift card
- Georgia Malik from Smarts Middle School received a $300 gift card
- Ella Quist from Lucketts Elementary School received a $100 gift card