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.