What do stairs, a pathway, a flagpole, and some garden boxes have in common? Eagle Scouts.
An Eagle Scout is the highest rank of scout in the Boy Scouts of America program. According to NESA (National Eagle Scout Association), only five percent of all scouts make it to Eagle Scout. In order to earn the title of “Eagle,” a scout has to earn merit badges and complete an eagle scout project. An Eagle Scout project is a service project.
Fletcher Wold, an Eagle Scout, says, “The Eagle Scout candidate has to design a project, collaborate with fellow members and leaders, make a plan, and organize the project. And he has to log his hours and fundraise for the project as well.”
The organization, school, or park that the scout is working on does not provide funding. They can donate if they want, but the scout has to do his own fundraising for his project. Some types of fundraising scouts do may include bake sales or car washes.
There is no full list of all of the scouts that have done their projects at ACA, but here are just a few that have: Colin Bean, Justin Dille, Matthew Bloemer, Kyle Kruger, and Fletcher Wold.
Matthew Bloemer put in the flagpole in the front of the school. This included rerunning all of the wiring for the lights and replacing the existing flagpole. He started working in December 2015 and finished February 15th, 2016. He chose this project because our existing flagpole was missing lights and was unfit for us to fly a flag.
“Lars Larson’s show said we were one of the only schools without a flag,” said Seanna Bloemer. She believes that our flag represents freedom and our school represents our freedom to learn and get an education. “It gives us a sense of pride.” The project cost a total of about $4,500. They hired a crane last minute because they couldn’t get the flag pole in place. It was an unexpected cost.
Kyle Kruger made the gardening boxes in front of the school. He started this project winter of 2012 and finished spring of 2013. The cost was around $300. These boxes are still being used for gardens and vegetables during the summer. Kim Kruger says that ACA has benefited from this project by having an available garden space; “It’s something that will be around for years.” Kids can use it for different kinds of science projects and learning opportunities. Kyle wanted to do something for ACA for his project, and at the time, Lara Fabrycki was really excited about doing the gardening boxes.
Fletcher Wold decided to build a small staircase in the ACA forest area connecting the forest and meadow together. Wold almost slipped on the old stairs while he was trying to think of an idea for his project. Then the idea slipped into his brain: fix up the old stairs.
“The stairs in place before were not secure and unsafe, especially when wet. Now they have a secure staircase that is safe and makes it easier to go inbetween the field and forest.” Wold had to change his plan for stairs multiple times before starting his project, and during construction. This project cost around $500 and was started in late January and finished in the middle of February, 2016.
Over a facebook message, Wold said, “ACA students should care [about Eagle projects] because it shows that anyone can make a difference in our community, it doesn’t have to be a staircase or a big construction project, it can be a little project, like cleaning the school yard or something like that.”