Boy Scout troop turns to ACA for future Eagle projects

Justin Dille

The Charter Editorial

It has been roughly a year and a half since ACA’s major batch of eagle projects, and the results have made a clear impression on the surrounding community. Some projects such as the extended bridge, bark chip path, and bat box combo in the wooded area behind the school have even made the National Eagle Scout Administration website for being an exemplary project for other scouts across the nation. In fact, the same Boy Scout troop responsible for the previously mentioned project (troop 139 of Beavercreek) have recently been looking back at ACA, with their sights set on possible future projects for upcoming eagle scouts.

Eagle scout is the highest rank that can be achieved by a scout. To achieve the rank of eagle, a scout must complete many tasks and challenges, most of which prepare the scout for their future life as an adult. Although the list of requirements has evolved from its original state which was 106 years ago in 1911, there is one challenge that all potential eagle scouts must face in order to achieve their final rank, their eagle project.

The eagle project is a large, and detailed plan and project that improves the community in some way. In order to complete the preparations needed to begin an eagle project, a scout must come up with the plan, explain how this plan benefits the community, write the procedure and draw the designs with the proper measurements. The scout must then list all needed materials including tools and project participants by name and age with contact information as well as a time sheet recording the time of each individual participant. The scout must also project the eagle project’s overall cost and construction time, list any potential dangers as well as how to prevent and treat them, and explain how all the projects costs will be covered. In addition, the project must also be approved by the project recipients, the scouts adult scoutmaster, and the eagle board of representatives before and after the project is carried out. In the end, an eagle project should act as a permanent improvement to the recipient community, and should cost them nothing in return.

Sometimes finding just the right project is a challenge for a scout. Because of this, many troops have a list of possible projects for the scout to choose from so that they can begin the long and difficult process as soon as possible. Occasionally a troop finds a location such as ACA, where potential seems near limitless. From this a symbiotic relationship between that location and the boy scout troop, as the location receives free improvements that require minimal effort on their part, and the scout troop receives a consistent source of future projects and remains as an example for even later future projects.

To put this into perspective, three years ago, the wooded area of ACA was a virtually unusable sludge pit with mud so deep and thick, it could suck the shoe right off your foot. One year and two eagle projects later, and the area had been transformed into a frequently used, clean, dry, walking path for the ACA community and the surrounding neighborhood. On top of this, local bat population had even moved from the outdoor covered basketball court, back into the woods. Simultaneously, a new flagpole, complete with lights had been installed in the front of the school, giving the building a greater sense of national pride. With all of these additions and improvements, can you guess the bill ACA had to face? A grand total of $0.00, and no interruptions. All of this change was the direct result of summer eagle projects.

“ACA is just such a great place for eagle projects because, not only is there so much that can be done with the area, but the terrain provides just the right challenge for these kids I feel y’know…” Said recently retired Boy Scout adult leader Joel Dille  “It not like they’re putting a park bench next to some jogging path on perfectly level ground. I mean, sure they have their purpose, but how much effort was really put into that project? The things that could come out of this area are the kind of projects that really send the right message to other people.”

Sources:

Joel Dille – Recently retired adult leader of Boy Scout troop 139

  • Date Accessed: 5/3/2017

National Eagle Scout Association

http://www.nesa.org/

  • Date Accessed 5/6/2017

The eagle Has Landed at ACA – by Lavender Duff

https://theacacharter.com/2016/12/09/the-eagle-has-landed-at-aca/

  • Date Accessed 5/6/2017

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