About two dozen children from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio got a taste of scouting Sept. 6.

About two dozen children from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio got a taste of scouting Sept. 6.

The event, held in Coffman Park and organized by Dublin Boy Scout Kevin Lake, paired scouts with children from the Down Syndrome Association and was part of Lake's attempt to become an Eagle Scout.

"We're so glad Kevin did this," said Marge Barnheiser, program director for the DSACO. "We love collaborating with any community members."

Lake's Eagle Scout project brought Dublin Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts together with 22 children ages 7 to 17.

"We all got here and set up stations," Lake said.

"When the kids got here we set them up with a buddy and they went to different stations. They have fun and the stations are scout-themed."

The stations covered first aid, tent set up, archery and arts and crafts.

A kayaking station simulated being on the water with inner tubes under the watercraft and a fishing station let children cast into a kiddie pool.

The Dublin Troop 117 member got the idea for his Eagle Scout project from an older scout who held a similar event in 2010.

"A different scout from our troop did something like this," Lake said. "He's where I got the idea."

Once Lake had the inspiration he contacted Down Syndrome Association and recruited volunteers from his troop and Dublin Girl Scouts.

He also worked out stations at the Coffman Park Pavilion and had training for his volunteers.

"I got in contact with the Girl Scouts and that made it bigger and that's not a bad thing," Lake said, noting he's been working on the event since June.

Lake, a sophomore at Coffman High School, has been with the scouts since first grade.

"At first I wasn't event going to be in the Boy Scouts," he said. "I wasn't going to go above Cub Scouts.

"But one of the adult leaders said 'Come along and try it. Give it a couple days' and it hooked me."

Fun activities and good friends have kept Lake involved with the Boy Scouts over the years, which led him to going for his Eagle Scout status.

"Once I learned what Eagle Scouts can do and how it helps I wanted to do it," he said. "A lot of it is fun stuff you normally don't get to do."

One such new experience for Lake was working with the Down Syndrome Association for the Sept. 6 event, which he considered a success.

"The weather was amazing," he said. "We didn't have any problems at all. Nothing is perfect, but I thought it was amazing."