The rain held off long enough Saturday for Tyler Bohland to help plant a butterfly garden as his Join Hands Day project.
But the 9-year-old from Wilson Elementary School in Davenport said the most fun he had during the day was making "butterfly snacks" at the Camp Abe Lincoln lodge near Blue Grass.
"I filled the bag with candy," he said. "I made a butterfly with a clothespin, googly eyes, pipe cleaner and candy."
"He must like candy a lot," his father, Marcus Bohland, said. "He said 'candy' twice."
Tyler's brother was too engaged in a game of dodgeball to share the tale of his Join Hands Day experience.
"This is about showing kids how to help others," their mother, Tammy Bohland, said. "It's volunteerism."
Tammy Bohland works for Modern Woodmen of America, which sponsored the Join Hands Day event at Camp Abe Lincoln. She's also a youth club leader.
"This is a good place to volunteer," Marcus Bohland said of Camp Abe Lincoln, which serves as a YMCA day and overnight camp for hundreds of area children.
More than 115 volunteers participated from Modern Woodmen, which sponsors Join Hands Day events every year. On Saturday, they helped children plant a butterfly garden. Volunteers also built picnic tables and rehabbed an old storage cabin into one that can be used for crafts.
"Mother Nature knew we needed a nice day," said Kim Woodward, the corporate communications director for Modern Woodmen of America, a reference to the rainy weather that dominated Friday and was forecast to continue Saturday.
Across the Mississippi River, Royal Neighbors of America volunteers helped children create container gardens at Rock Island's Martin Luther King Jr. Center.
"They're learning to eat nutritiously, socialize and ask questions," Kristin McDaniel, the chief marketing executive for Royal Neighbors, said of the event.
More than 100 people attended. McDaniel said half of them were children.
"They'll see the results of their work in a few weeks," she said of their container gardens.
Both Modern Woodmen of America and Royal Neighbors of America have their headquarters in Rock Island.