Decatur’s Troop 175 is very proud to have produced more than 40 Eagle Scouts in the past 10 years. Only 5% of Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. More than 250 Troop 175 Boy Scouts have achieved Eagle Scout rank since 1949.
An Eagle project requires the Scout to plan, organize, lead and manage a project to benefit a community organization. Many Eagle projects involve some type of construction, but this is not a requirement.
Have you ever wondered what an Eagle project looks like? Here’s a look at some of our recent Eagle Scouts and their projects. You see lots of scouts getting the work done while the Eagle-to-be provides direction and leadership, and the adults provide supervision…and pizza.
Sam’s Eagle project was to design and construct a pergola for the Winnona Park Elementary School. Sam hand-crafted the decorative braces at the top of the structure and pre-drilled all the parts for easy assembly. On an extremely cold weekend in January, Sam and several scouts and friends from school assembled the pergola. This project involved CAD design, concrete work, and framing skills, in addition to teaching and leadership skills. This pergola will now provide dappled shade ideal for growing plants.
Sam Amick earned his Eagle rank in May of 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick completed his Eagle project at Saint Thomas More Church. Nick created three small gardens along the Kindergarten walkway. The project included digging out tree stumps, removing brush, preparing the soil and installing shade-tolerant plants. Under Nick’s leadership, 7 volunteers spent over 20 hours on the project.
Nick Walker earned the rank of Eagle Scout on February 25, 2014, 3 years and 7 months after joining Troop 175.
Reuben worked with the Phoenix School at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church to create a recycling and trash shelter outside the school. The project was initiated in early fall and after several workdays and engaging scouts of varying skills, was completed mid-December 2013.
With his Eagle requirements finished in time, Reuben turned 18 on Feb. 25, 2014.
Joey’s Eagle project was building a garden for the kindergarten playground at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The garden beautifies the area and includes signs that identify the plants to educate the kindergarteners. The projects included digging out a dead tree stump, amending the soil, selecting attractive low-maintenance flowers and watering the plants until they were well established. Joey and five Troop 175 volunteers spent more than 50 hours on the project.
Joey Jackson earned the rank of Eagle Scout on January 21, 2014 after 4 years and 8 months as a Scout.
William’s Eagle project was created for The Waldorf School. The school was re-purposing an old unused playground into an urban garden. William planned and designed a pollinator garden to attract butterflies and bees, which helped the nearby vegetable garden to thrive. After extensive weeding and soil preparation, the project involved the installation of more than 20 new plants of several different species, as well as moving some of the existing plants. A short path winding through the pollinator garden created a peaceful and serene area. The project also involved brush removal at an adjoining creek bed to further enhance the area.
William Reed earned his Eagle Scout rank on October 8, 2013.
Jack completed his Eagle project at Holy Trinity Parish Preschool in Decatur, Georgia. Jack’s project included designing and building a playhouse for the preschool playground. Under Jack’s leadership, 17 volunteers from the troop spent 205 hours on the project. The preschool director affectionately refers to the playhouse as “The House that Jack Built.”
Jack Boyette earned the rank of Eagle Scout on October 1, 2013, 4 years and 4 months after joining Troop 175.
James planned and coordinated the efforts of three adults, seven Scouts and three friends in repairing and painting the walls of the commercial kitchen for Mountain View Personal Care Home in Decatur, GA. This project was completed in three workdays. Mountain View is a public/private partnership with DeKalb County.
James Lewis earned the rank of Eagle Scout on February 25, 2013, 6 years and 11 months after joining Troop 175.
Candler completed his Eagle Service Project at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in the Medlock Park neighborhood. Candler and his crew took down a broken fence and constructed a new 27 foot-long split-rail fence that serves as the backdrop for the Native Plant Garden at the park entrance. They also dug up multiple stumps and cleaned the planter box below the entrance sign. 13 scouts from Troop 175, plus a few friends, participated in the project which took 70 hours to complete.
Candler Harrington earned the rank of Eagle Scout on December 18, 2012, 6 years and 9 months after joining Troop 175.
Jared chose Bowen United Methodist Church for his Eagle project because of his many years of volunteering on Thanksgiving Day, preparing and delivering meals to the elderly members of the church. The church was in dire need of a landscaping facelift.
With the help of scouts, friends and church volunteers, Jared planted bushes, built planting beds and built a path to a new bench.
Jared McCannon earned the rank of Eagle Scout in December, 2012.
Justin Parellada and Gage Martin completed their Eagle projects together: restriping the parking lot and striping the entrance road to Plymouth Harbor Adult Day Care at United Congregational Church. Their projects included redoing the middle line to the 1/2 mile road entrance, painting directional arrows on the road and repainting all the handicapped parking spots and van loading areas. Under the leadership of Justin and Gage, over 30 volunteers–including 20 from the troop–spent more than 100 hours on the project.
Justin Parellada earned the rank of Eagle Scout on October 2, 2012, 6 years and 6 months after joining Troop 175.
Gage Martin and Justin Parellada completed their Eagle projects together: restriping the parking lot and striping the entrance road to Plymouth Harbor Adult Day Care at United Congregational Church. Their projects included redoing the middle line to the 1/2 mile road entrance, painting directional arrows on the road and repainting all the handicapped parking spots and van loading areas. Under the leadership of Gage and Justin, over 30 volunteers–including 20 from the troop–spent more than 100 hours on the project.
Gage Martin earned the rank of Eagle Scout on August 28, 2012, 5 years and 10 months after joining Troop 175.
Marshall’s project was to build a permanent covered structure for recycling and garbage receptacles to cut down on littering in the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve, a heavily forested 3-acre area in the midst of exurban Decatur. After gaining approval with the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve and the City of Decatur Development Authority, Marshall set out to plan the project. His design was reviewed and approved by the City of Decatur. It took 100 hours to build the structure with the help of scouts, high-school friends and youth-group friends.
Marshall Tumperi earned his Eagle rank on August 21, 2012, 7 years and 3 months after joining Troop 175.
Sean performed his Eagle Service Project for Decatur Presbyterian’s Retreat Center on Lake Lanier. Sean and his team built three 10′ x 3′ outdoor tables out of salvaged antique pine for the back porch of the center. These tables will allow seating for up to thirty people during church retreats and other events at the center. 13 scouts from the Troop participated in the project which took 185 hours to complete.
Sean Hunter earned the rank of Eagle Scout on May 22, 2012, 3 years and 1 month after joining Troop 175.