Community Service

Library book donations

The Board of Directors of Division 7 approves funding, enabling our Community Service Team to continue donating books on various model railroading subjects to Greater Cincinnati area libraries. This has been a continuing program to make model railroading reference materials available to the public. Since 2000, more than 520 books have been donated to libraries in Ohio-Indiana-Kentucky through this program, enabling more people to have access to "how-to" publications about the subject of model railroading.

Boy Scouts' Railroading Merit Badge

Since 1995, a few dedicated volunteers from Division 7 have served as Merit Badge Counselors for the Railroading Merit Badge, as part of annual Merit Badge Fairs conducted by the Boy Scout Council at both Fairfield and Sycamore High Schools. In 2017, Division 7 sponsored these sessions for 11 Boy Scouts, including providing an HO-scale freight car kit for each Scout to assemble. One session was held at the Cincinnati Model Railway Club's layout, located in the basement of the Harmony Lodge, in Spring Grove Village. The Cincinnati Northern Model Railroad Club and Division 7 provided several volunteers who conducted clinics on materials needed to build a home layout, making artificial trees, and weathering freight cars with chalks. Members of the Cincinnati Model Railway Club operated their extensive O-scale layout for the Scouts and their parents. The Scouts operated trains with guidance from club members. The merit badge sessions are held on four Saturday mornings in late January, February and early March of each year.





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