Eagle Scout project helps Mattapoisett elderly

May 22, 2021

MATTAPOISETT — From toothpaste to masks to sudoku puzzles, Andrew Poulin is leaving no box unchecked in his Eagle Scout project.

The Old Rochester Regional High School sophomore is donating care packages to the Mattapoisett Council on Aging to be given to elderly residents who can’t go out to get their own supplies.

“I’ve heard a lot about seniors being the most at-risk group for covid,” the scout said. “Maybe this would help.”

Mattapoisett Council on Aging Executive Director Jacqueline Coucci and Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Leatham met Andrew Poulin outside the council on May 22 to receive the care packages, which included toothpaste, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, masks, a notebook and sudoku puzzles.

“This is going to do really well making people feel connected,” Coucci said.

Poulin started scouting when he was 11, and at 16, he’s already working on becoming an Eagle Scout.

But before he does, he has to write a report about his project, and have it reviewed by the local Boy Scout council.

“There’s a lot of paperwork involved,” the scout said.

Andrew Poulin said his father, Scout Master Roger Poulin, is a big help with his scouting.

“He pushes me along a lot,” Andrew Poulin said.

Andrew Poulin’s brother is already an Eagle Scout, so he’s received support from multiple people in his family.

“When encouragement comes along from an older brother, I think that helps a lot,” the Scout Master said.

Andrew Poulin isn’t sure how long it will take for his report to be approved by the council.

“It’s really kind of a gamble,” he said.

But for now, the care packages will help seniors in Mattapoisett who can’t make it out to grab their own supplies.

“That’s a financial benefit for them,” Coucci said, adding that the seniors will be “uplifted” when they receive the care packages.