Eagle Scout Cole Baker: Bat boxes at Westchester Elementary

Cole’s Eagle project was to build and install three bat houses in the woods surrounding Westchester Elementary School. Eight scouts from Troop 175 and Troop 134 built the bat houses in one day and selected the installation sites. A tree climber installed the houses. The bat boxes will hold 50 bats each to help the local ecosystem and reduce bugs (about 400,000 per night) without chemicals. Cole was happy that he and the principal decided to do this project rather than having Westchester spray for mosquitoes as parents had requested. Cole will give a presentation to the Westchester students about bats and the bat houses.

Cole Baker earned his Eagle rank on May 21, 2019.