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Local Teen Helps Kids Affected by Cancer


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Scouts hoping to reach the coveted Eagle rank must earn 21 merit badges and complete a service project, similar to the one Sturdivant completed. For a complete list of the requirements, check out the “Eagle Scout Requirements” link.

COLLEGE STATION - When I first spoke with Robert Sturdivant, I thought he was much older than his 15 years. Talking with him about his work with kids that have been affected by cancer in some way, it's easy to see his passion and determination is well beyond his years.

Summer camp is a great place for kids to run around and play their hearts out while mom and dad are at work.

But at Christ United Methodist Church, Aside from their baseball skills, these kids have something else in common.

They've all lost someone to cancer.

Robert Sturdivant is a life Scout. And he's in charge of Operation Kids at Play for his Eagle Scout project.

"I mean, I made it so far, it's just, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm going to get there...I'm going to get there," Sturdivant said of his scouting career.

He's also been affected by cancer. He lost his dad to leukemia when he was only 10 years old. He's 15 now, and he used the loss of his father as inspiration to start this camp for kids that have been affected by the disease.

"It's not as easy as it looks," Sturdivant said of organizing the event from top to bottom.

Most people build things for their Eagle Projects. Sturdivant took a different route.

"Although building things you get to see what your final product is, but I feel like being a volunteer and all the volunteers get to actually see what they've done in a child. So it's like helping a child, but getting to see it in their heart."

I have to tell you, he was very determined and he ended up, he spent a lot of time on this just figuring out the agenda," said Robert's mom, Camy.

As for the kids, well...

"It's real real fun and exciting, and like because normal like, if you're going camping outside, there's not this much stuff," said Jon, a very eager participant in the camp that ran June 9 to 13.

It was a chance to just be a kid, in the face of personal tragedy.

"That's the main thing, we're all having fun," Sturdivant said.

Robert's mom tells me that he's thinking about making the camp a regular thing, so we'll be sure to keep you updated on what he decides.


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