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Eagle Projects

Here are some of the Eagle projects recently completed by Boy Scouts in Decatur’s Troop 175.

Eagle Scout Ian Coleman: Resurface a Walking Trail

Ian’s Eagle project was to resurface a muddy, root-filled walking trail that connects two paved portions of the Decatur community bike path at Green Street. Ian used older scouts to help with advance planning and to manage the younger scouts performing the work. They spread tons of sand and gravel over the muddy path to raise it above the level of frequent flooding. The project was completed in one 4-hour workday at a cost of $1,385 funded by the beneficiary, Agnes Scott College.

Ian Coleman earned his Eagle rank on August 22, 2017.

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Eagle Scout Ben Hammer: Recycling Center

Ben’s Eagle project was to design and construct a recycling center for Laurel Ridge Elementary School in the DeKalb County School System. Four scouts and three other friends assisted in the construction. The design process in total was about 20 hours, and actual construction lasted a little over 60 hours.

Ben Hammer earned his Eagle rank on September 6, 2016, 7 years and 5 months after joining Troop 175.

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Eagle Scout Kyle Monsalve: Worm Box and Dig Box

Kyle’s Eagle project was to design a worm box and a dig box for the Holy Trinity Parish. A couple of younger scouts came to help construct a worm ecosystem inside of the worm box which consisted of four layers. Each layer would hold compost and scraps so that the worms can eat and grow and leaving behind healthy enriched soil. The purpose of the dig box was for the Sunday school kids to have fun. There were approximately 11 scouts that helped on the Eagle Scout project and volunteered over 52 hours.

Kyle Monsalve earned his Eagle rank on June 16, 2016, 7 years and 1 month after joining Troop 175.

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Eagle Scout John Harrington: Recycling Center

John’s Eagle project was the creation of a recycling and donations collection center for Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. In the theme of reuse and recycle, he used mostly repurposed items to create his project. He used a discarded cabinet to make a bin to hold donated clothes and coats. He used another cabinet and parts of a pallet to build a unit to collect used cell phones, ink cartridges and sneakers for recycling. He also repurposed an old bowling alley locker to become a “food pantry,” a secure place to store donated canned and nonperishable food.

John Harrington earned the rank of Eagle Scout on December 15, 2015, 6 years and 6 months after joining Troop 175.

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Eagle Scout Nathan Tumperi: Benches at the Woodlands Garden

Nathan’s Eagle project involved building and installing two new benches in the bird meadow at the Woodlands Garden in Decatur. These benches were designed to resemble existing benches in the garden. Over the course of several workdays, Nathan oversaw construction and installation of the benches by 11 fellow scouts and three friends. In total, 149 volunteer hours were contributed to this project, providing seating to visitors of Woodlands Garden’s new bird meadow.

Nathan Tumperi earned the rank of Eagle Scout on December 8, 2015, 6 years and 7 months after joining troop 175.

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Eagle Scout Dylan Wyatt: Basketball Bench at Winnona Park

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Basketball bench at Winnona Park

Dylan’s Eagle project came about after he noticed coats and backpacks lying in the mud around the basketball court at Winnona Park Elementary. He worked with Principal Wiseman to design a large, sturdy wooden bench beside the court. Dylan’s crew built the bench and secured it in concrete mixed with water hauled from the creek. They built a base of landscape timbers and mulch to keep the ground from getting muddy. The bench holds 6 people to watch a game and has heavy-duty hooks for hanging coats, gym bags and backpacks. At Mr. Wiseman’s request, Dylan also built 3 task-sorter boxes for the visually impaired students at Winnona.

Dylan Wyatt earned his Eagle rank on February 24, 2015 at age 13, 2 years and 11 months after joining Troop 175.

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Eagle Scout Joe Gilbert: Playground Shade Arbor

Joe completed his Eagle project at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in November 2013. He designed an arbor to replace a dilapidated one on the church’s pre-K playground. Joe and his team demolished and rebuilt the sandbox arbor, which now provides much needed shade for the children.

Joseph Gilbert earned the rank of Eagle Scout on January 27, 2015, 5 years and 7 months after joining Troop 175.

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Eagle Scout Austin Deaver: Fitness Center for Football and ROTC

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Fitness center for Druid Hills High

Austin completed his Eagle Service Project at Druid Hills High School, constructing a 10-station pull-up bar center for the football and ROTC fitness programs. The project consisted of building a two-ton structure of wood, steel and concrete next to the athletic field. Construction took about a half dozen sessions with 3 to 5 of the larger Scouts to handle setting 15 heavy 6×6 upright posts into position and tying the structure together with steel pull-up bars and wooden stabilizer bars. The final structure is solid and built to endure heavy use from football players and Navy ROTC Cadets.

Austin Deaver earned his Eagle rank on January 31, 2015, 5 years and 9 months after joining Troop 175.

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Eagle Scout Thomas Wyatt: Emergency Kits for Seniors

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Emergency kits for Decatur Seniors

Thomas’s Eagle project consisted of emergency supply kits for 60 low-income Decatur senior citizens. The idea came from Ms. Lee Ann Harvey and Police Sergeant Ross who learned during the 2014 winter storms that some of Decatur’s seniors had no flashlights, batteries or other emergency supplies.

Thomas and his crew built 60 kits in clear plastic shoeboxes with a portable lantern, extra batteries, first-aid kits, bottled water and emergency-related information and instructions. Six teams of Scouts delivered the kits and explained how to use the items.

Thomas Wyatt earned his Eagle rank on January 6, 2015, 6 years and 8 months after joining Troop 175.

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Eagle Scout Luke Downs: Bluebird Trails

Luke’s Eagle project involved creating “bluebird trails” at two City of Decatur parks. Each trail consisted of four bluebird houses installed on posts 300-400 yards apart. Over the course of several workdays, Luke oversaw construction and installation of the houses by nine Troop 175 scouts and four friends. In total, 79 volunteer hours were contributed to this project, providing homes for threatened bluebirds and providing park visitors the opportunity to see bluebirds. Luke’s project was inspired by the work of his great uncle, Gene Downs, who for years built and maintained hundreds of bluebird houses in Botetourt County, Virginia.

Luke Downs earned the rank of Eagle Scout on November 11, 2014, 5 years and 6 months after joining Troop 175.

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