Achieving Eagle Scouts
Three EHOVE students in the Criminal Justice program recently became Eagle Scouts. They say that putting in a lot of hard work, dedication and volunteer time, and the reward of helping out the community and their accomplishments made it all worth it.
“When you reach Life Scout, you are given a packet to begin your project. Once it is approved, you have until you are 18 years old to complete the project,” said Kyle Kidd (Western Reserve HS). “It took a lot of work. Getting donations, raising money and documenting all of my hours, the amount of money raised and how I did the project,” said Kidd.
“Finding volunteers and donors took a lot of work, but it was a great experience,” said Josh Langenfelder (Perkins HS).
“It feels good to help out the community and give something back. What a great learning experience,” said Charles Dixon (Western Reserve HS).
There are three rankings in Eagle Scouts: Bronze, Silver and Gold. After a project is finished, students are able to work on PALMS, which allow students to earn more badges on top of the Eagle Scout required ones.
Each student had a different project. Kidd designed a 16 x 16 pavilion for Townsend Fire Department. It includes a new concrete pad with a sidewalk that extends out at the end of the pavilion with a memorial for past firemen on a prayer stone
Langenfelder designed a handicap-accessible fitness trail at the Betty Rinderle School, which consists of six exercise stations, three park benches and three trees. Each station was landscaped on cement concrete pads.
Dixon designed a granite bench with a plaque on top of it with his name, troop number and date of completion at Fisher Titus Medical Center’s Counseling Center in Norwalk. The granite bench was surrounded with mulch, flowers and bushes. He also applied stepping-stones around the bench.
“After I finished, I had a great sense of pride and joy for all the work it took. To see it all put together is one of the greatest feelings,” said Kidd.
“Very rewarding and something I would do all over again,” said Dixon.
“A great sense of relief and a very good feeling seeing all the smiles on clients’ faces,” said Langenfelder.
PHOTO: (L-R) Charles Dixon (Western Reserve HS), Kyle Kidd (Western Reserve HS) and Josh Langenfelder (Perkins HS)v