Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979 Page: 78
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Eagle Projects (from page 77)
him 93 hours of work spread out over a
year. About 100 hours were given by
several helpers. Although Mark initially
expected to finish the job in only four
months, "I'd do it all over again," he said.
"But this time I'd plan it so the work
wouldn't be interrupted by snow and
Like many other Eagle candidates,
Mark had trouble deciding on a project.
He considered fixing an old community
bridge and undertaking a park erosion
repair job before settling on the grotto. He
arranged for donations of all materials,
including rare Wyoming stone called ice
green quartz and the statue, before begin-
ning work. The completed grotto is spot-
lighted at night and set off by shrubbery
and a 30-foot-long sidewalk.
Fred Fuller, 15, of Troop 445, chartered
to the Gorman Ruritan Club, Durham,
N.C., also got the builder's urge when he
decided to do a project for his church. His
father was on the board of the Gorman
Baptist Church Kinder-Kare Center,
which needed playground equipment for
its three-to-five-year-old clientele.
Fred decided to build a unique climber
made from two 10-foot-diameter tele-
phone cable reels. The side of one reel
became a platform on stilts with a
fireman's sliding pole through its center. A
swinging bridge leads to the other reel,
which stands upright and has ladder rungs
around its circumference.
Fred worked on the project two or three
hours a day for two months and directed
seven Scouts and several adult helpers.
Douglas P. Mantz, 17, of Troop 55,
chartered to the Cathedral of the Incarna-
tion, Garden City, N.Y., found his Eagle
project by looking out his front window.
He saw that posts along the curb that are
designed to warn drivers that the street
dead-ends were in shabby condition. In-
vestigating further, he learned that all 129
of these safety barricades in his New York
City suburban town were in similar shape.
When he proposed refurbishing them, the
village's Department of Public Works
greeted him with open arms and thrust
paints and other equipment at him.
Douglas divided the village into four
sections and assigned a boy working for
the Life Scout progress award as captain
for each quarter. Under his leadership,
seven Scouts worked a total of 100 hours in
two months. Their task was to scrape the
three-foot-high barricade posts clean and
then cover them with red and white fluor-
escent paint to make them highly visible.
Douglas worked 40 hours in planning,
directing, and executing the project to
make Garden City safer for motorists.
Some Eagle projects grow out of other
tasks. Take the project of George Boyd IV,
14, of Troop III, chartered to American
Legion Post 315, Stoddard, Wis. "I had to
make something for a bazaar in school, so
I decided on a few small game boards," he
said. "When I was thinking about my
Eagle project, I thought it would be a good
idea to make a lot of game boards for kids
in hospitals, day care centers, and
The result: Nearly 100 small, wooden
game boards for tick-tack-toe and jump-
peg puzzles. They are now in use in three
hospitals, a children's home, two day care
centers, a Sunday school, several elemen-
tary schools, and in actitivies of two
'You sure have a peculiar sense of
women's groups and a parent-teacher
George worked 46 hours in planning
and doing the work and directed eight
Scouts who helped with the woodworking.
When the project was officially complet-
ed, George still wasn't done. "The people
in the various places I took them to liked
them so much they asked me if I could
make some more, so I did," he said.
A novel project occurred to Stephen R.
Hays, 13, of Troop, 21, chartered to the
Wardens and Vestrymen of St. Alban's
Episcopal Church, Syracuse, N.Y. He had
a newspaper delivery route on the city's
East Side and, he said, "especially on side
streets, I noticed houses didn't have their
numbers marked on them." If it was hard
for him to find numbers, he reasoned, it
would also be hard for an ambulance
corps or police and firemen to locate the
correct address in an emergency.
And there was his Eagle project. He
wrote a note to the occupants of the un-
marked houses: "We can't find it! Your
house number, that is. As part of a com-
munity service project, Scouts in this area
are looking for house numbers. An easy-
to-locate and read house number will help
emergency vehicles find your house fast.
This could be vital to your health and
safety and that of your family. We urge
you to install a house number."
Stephen then enlisted about 30 helpers
from two Scout troops, a Cub Scout pack,
and a Girl Scout troop. His crew covered
85 streets in the 13224 Zip code area,
leaving notes wherever they couldn't find
a clearly visible house number.
"We found 159 houses without
numbers," Stephen said, "and within a
week 23 of them had put up numbers. I
plan to check again this year to see how
many more are up." Stephen's project was
highly praised by an ambulance service
officer who said, "Your project could save
lives, particularly in circumstances of
coronary-related problems or profuse
The Eagle projects of Michael Perry,
Mark Walker, Fred Fuller, Douglas
Mantz, George Boyd, and Stephen Hays
are just a few of the many highly
worthwhile possibilities. Every week
scores of reports on other such service
projects flow into the national office. For
the benefit of Scouters who are conferring
with Life Scouts about the Eagle project,
here are samples of some reported early
• James H. Waite, Fullerton, Calif.
—Designed, produced, and distributed
1,500 copies of a brochure that boosted
attendance at the Placentia Boys Club.
• Mebine Manuel, Jr., El Paso,
Tex.—Led 115 Scouts in distribution of
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