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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It did not take long to find a theme – leadership! We have been blessed with great leadership from our older scouts and the brave volunteers that have come to camp this summer. Unfortunately, we found ourselves short one leader who had a prior conflict and needed to leave camp. On the bright side, I was able to “field promote” another to take his place. Please see the attached photo for our newest member of Leadership Cabin!
I was able to convince her to move into the cabin, proving once & for all that ducks cannot smell. Don’t worry, the duck will be released from service (uneaten) by the end of camp. However, the rest of our leadership is now on notice that there is real competition for the best scout leadership award!
Looks like a soggy day (good for ducks!) but we will make the best of it. Can’t believe we are now close to the end. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Andy Beach, Scoutmaster
Camp 175 New Leader
Here are some pictures from our May, 2014 hike along the Pine Mountain Trail in FDR State Park.
Pine Mountain Trail
Pine Mountain Trail
Tab’s Eagle project consisted of designing, building, installing and landscaping a new bench at Glenlake Park. This project was helpful by giving people visiting the park a place to sit. The bench and garden were dedicated to the veterans of Decatur. 10 volunteers spent more than 174 hours working under Tab’s leadership.
Anthony Tab Belvedere earned the rank of Eagle Scout on May 13, 2014, 4 years after joining Troop 175.
Matthew completed his Eagle project at Decatur First United Methodist Church. Matthew and his team designed, constructed, installed and landscaped 2 new wooden benches in the side yard to make the church more inviting and friendly to the passing community. Over 20 volunteers spent more than 125 hours working under Matthew’s leadership.
Matthew Beach earned the rank of Eagle Scout on May 13, 2014, 4 years and 2 months after joining Troop 175.
Max’s Eagle Project consisted of building a trail at the Woodlands Garden in Decatur, Georgia. Max consulted with volunteers from the Appalachian Trail Club to determine the best path for the new trail, cleared the invasive species from the trail area, lined the trail with fallen timber and planted new trees along the 200-foot trail. Max had help from 19 volunteers who logged 109 hours of service to complete this project.
Max Pollack earned the rank of Eagle Scout on March 11, 2014, 3 years and 8 months after joining Troop 175.