Hometown Hero Lin Cropper

By: Elsa Bolt
By: Elsa Bolt

"I'm alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic," sang a crowd of Boy and Girl Scouts with Mrs. Cropper. Lin Copper has been a troop leader for the past 25 years. "We're all kids at heart and it's just here at the different camps and different meetings that I get to play a kid," says Lin Cropper, a hometown hero. She works with both Boy and Girl Scouts at Camp Wildcat Hollow in Russellville. She takes them camping and hiking while also teaching them leadership and survival skills. "She treats us like her mom cause she teaches so much about girl scouts and bullying," says Girl Scout Kya Thomas, who is 11 years old. "She helps us get our badges and she makes sure we get it done faster," says Boy Scout Steven Downing, who is 11 years old. "When I went to the capitol, I noticed that the flag was ripped and torn and I notified the representatives and he didn't do anything about it so I notified miss cropper and she notified them," says Boy Scout Kianin Thomas, who is 11 years old. Those who have seen her in action say she has a special way with children. "Her heart and soul is with the children to make sure they are having fun and doing what they need to do," says Della Edwards who use to be the Girl Scout Executive at Camp Wildcat Hollow. One parent says she's grateful Cropper is a role model for her kids. "She's not pushy but she really gets these kids motivated," says Amy Annis, who has kids in the Boy and Girl Scouts. That parent is also impressed by cropper's stance against bullying. "The Girl Scouts did several weeks of working on bullying and they did a video for the school and it brought awareness to those who didn't know there were so many different types of bullying," says Annis. Cropper says she gets joy out of seeing the children succeed. "When it finally clicks, when they get that twinkle in their eye, when they finally understand, that's it, I got it, it's those moments that kind make me say this is why I do it," says Cropper. Her son is also proud of her. "Never has let me down and is always pretty much there," says 11-year-old Michael Cropper, who is a Boy Scout. Cropper, who was once a girl scout herself, says she plans on being involved with the Boy and Girl Scouts for many years to come. All three of her children and her husband are also involved in the Boy and Girl Scouts. For her dedication to the Boy and Girl Scouts, we honor Lin Cropper as this week's Hometown Hero.

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