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2017 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout service project of the year award

 

In 2009, the National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. Each year, local councils select a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region selects a region-level winner. A national winner is then selected from the four regional finalists.

NESA recognizes the following Scouts as recipients of the 2017 Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award:

 

SOUTHERN REGION

Name

Council

City

National Winner

Jeffrey "Blake" Deaton

East Carolina Council

Kinston, NC

Wings for Autism - Constructed and equipped two sensory educational rooms for autistic and special needs students. Blake raised all $30,000 for the project through social media and community outreach efforts.
http://people.com/celebrity/boy-scout-planning-sensory-room-for-brother-with-autism-at-nc-school/
https://youtu.be/YIgtzHcKfo8


Council Winners

Hunter Grant Beaton

Alamo Area Council

San Antonio, TX

Raised over $10,000 and provided over 100 duffle bags filled with supplies and gift cards for foster children in Kendall County. After receiving Eagle rank, Hunter took the effort throughout Texas where it is currently being adopted and sustained. The goal is "No More Trash Bags" for removals.
http://www.sanantoniomag.com/May-2017/Hunter-Beaton/

Uyless Troy Bland

South Texas Council

Corpus Christi, TX

Collected 554 new athletic shoes for Buckner Foundation for orphans in Africa. Uyless also collected 100 pairs of good, used shoes and donate them to Texas A&M COASL Council Shoe Drive, Goliad County Sheriff's Office Silver Santa Project, and Ronald McDonald House.
http://www.buckner.org/blog/texas-teen-collects-shoes-for-eagle-scout-project-throws-first-pitch-at-rangers-game

Dakota Chayse Brewer

Last Frontier Council

Oklahoma City, OK

Built an outdoor classroom with portable tables and storage space. Native plants were built into the design to offer an Oklahoma feel and add to the hands-on learning experience.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/dakotabrewereaglescoutproject/

Barrett Joseph Brown

Coastal Georgia Council

Savannah, GA

Constructed and installed two movable raised garden planters for the tenants of HomeLife on Glynco assisted living facility. Barrett built the planters off site at Lakeside United Methodist Church and transported them to Homelife via trailer provided by the First Baptist Church of Brunswick.

Stephen Carroll

Tuscarora Council

Goldsboro, NC

Built a 30' x 30' x 14' high steel storage building for Midway High School. The building includes electricity, a concrete floor pad, and a 15' x 30' covered entry. The structure will be used to store seasonal equipment used throughout the year that had previously cluttered other areas of the high school.
http://clintonnc.com/news/18098/carroll-becomes-eagle-scout-with-storage-project-for-midway-high

Emerson Lewis Cobbs

Westark Area Council

Fort Smith, AR

Created the World War One Memorial. The project required the restoration of a 1918 M 1906 4.7-inch cannon that included stripping and repainting the cannon, and replacing sections of the original oak wheels. Once restored, the cannon was moved to a concrete pad at Veteran's Park in Rogers, AR, and was dedicated with a plaque in the memory of William Minter Batjer, the first soldier from Rogers to be killed in action during World War One. This project was completed through the collaboration of Nabholz Construction Company and American Legion Post 100.

Eric T. Cox

Daniel Boone Council

Asheville, NC

Provide a covered picnic area to protect users from sun, rain, and highway noise. This project was for a local church involving 395.5 service hours at a cost of $15,494.24.

Austin Bradley Gies

Tidewater Council

Virginia Beach, VA

Developed a STEM carnival for children in hospice care at the Edmarc Hospice Care for Children. In addition, Austin organized toy and food collections for those families who have children at Edmarc.
http://pilotonline.com/news/local/chesapeake-eagle-scout-s-project-helps-lift-spirits-of-terminally/article_5e2da40e-ce6a-559a-b2c6-cd810ba523ed.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSnhST87i-M

John Vincent Giordano

Gulf Stream Council

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Built and planted 80 oyster bags in the river in the City of Sebastian. The bags were planted around April - May, which is an optimum time for spawning. The bags covered an area of approximately 1,200 sq. ft. During the spawning season the existing oysters will give off larvae that will then attach to the shells in the bag. Once the larvae attach it becomes spat, which will then become an oyster, creating a new oyster bed.
http://www.veronews.com/news/sebastian/spotlight/scout-s-tenacity-keeps-oyster-project-afloat/article_af7c33be-ffdc-11e5-a678-5f6e7059a457.html
http://www.tcpalm.com/story/specialty-publications/your-news/indian-river-county/reader-submitted/2017/02/20/sebastian-youngster-overcomes-obstacles-earn-eagle-scout-rank/98152108/

Nelson Bradley Gueho

Istrouma Area Council

Baton Rouge, LA

Designed and constructed an 8' X 12' community food pantry. The pantry was constructed from ground-up to include insulation and electricity. After completion, Nelson organized a food drive at the local community schools to fulfill his desire to start the pantry. The Harvest Food Pantry is completely stocked.

Emile Joseph Hebert

Evangeline Area Council

Lafayette, LA

Planned and carried out "A Salute to Our Heroes," a family event that gave the local community an opportunity to honor veterans that have served our country. Veterans and their families enjoyed live music, food, and soft drinks. Veterans and their families were also informed about services offered to them as veterans.
https://www.facebook.com/events/391199031084178/

Garrett Hermes

Sam Houston Area Council

Houston, TX

Garrett built a 50' walking bridge to two stocked fishing ponds at the Parks Youth Ranch in Richmond, TX. The ranch was created to help at-risk and homeless boys and girls ages 7 - 17.

Eric Alexander Jeffords

West Tennessee Area Council

Jackson, TN

Built a concrete walking trail for residents of a senior living facility and the church community. The project totaled 230 service hours and involved 15 youth Scouts and 6 adults. The project included donated concrete and supplies valued at over $12,000.
http://www.jacksonsun.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2016/06/13/photo-gallery-eric-jeffords-eagle-scout-project/85843258/

Juan Miguel Jimenez

Texas Southwest Council

San Angelo, TX

Juan painted checkerboards, a colored game board, and repainted the basic baseball lines at the Sonora Intermediate School. needed repainting. Chess pieces and checker sets were purchased for students and teachers to interact in the games.
https://www.devilsrivernews.com/news/local-eagle-scout-receives-adams-award

Ronak Malde

Blue Ridge Council

Greenville, SC

Built a shelter on the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 21-mile paved pathway that spans the entire Greenville County. The entire project took 14 months from start to finish. Ronak spent numerous hours on site selection, worked with the county to clear the floodplain status, then presented the project to local businesses and convinced them to donate over $1,000 worth of lumber and materials. He also secured $500 to purchase battery-operated tools needed to work at the remote site. The entire shelter was built in one day using over 100 volunteer hours.

Johnn Michael McCray

Cimarron Council

Enid, OK

Created a storage area for band equipment at his high school. The hat shelves were painted and revamped, and 64' of shelving was installed to display band trophies that has previously been packed into a small trophy case. The project will extend the life of the uniforms and offer a place of recognition for previous band accomplishments.

Peyton Cooper Meyers

Indian Waters Council

Columbia, SC

Led a group of elementary students and other volunteers to make pillowcase dresses for needy children in Africa. Once finished, the dresses were shipped to a benefactor organization for distribution.

Wesley Preston Miller

Chickasaw Council

Memphis, TN

Installed a flag pole, landscaping, lighting and a commemorative plaque at the Forever Young Senior Veterans office complex. Forever Young Senior Veterans is a non-profit that honors WWII veterans by sending them back to the battlegrounds on which they fought. Wesley raised over $18,000, which was enough to send three veterans on "The Beaches to the Bulge" Trip of Honor.
www.foreveryoungvets.org/in-the-news-1/

Daniel Robert Mills

Blue Grass Council

Lexington, KY

Constructed 83 mussel silos, or incubators, that were key to a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources research project. The Silos are designed and built to hold a sample population of baby mussels in a nature creek. It will identify streams that are ready to have mussels reintroduced as well as streams that are too polluted to sustain a healthy mussel population. The project was featured in the Spring 2016 Kentucky Afield Magazine.

Blake Alexander Osbun

Middle Tennessee Council

Nashville, TN

Blake built an off-leash dog park located in Trinity Park. It will allow dog owners in the community to bring their dog to a safe off-leash area to socialize with other dogs. It includes fencing and gates, and allows small and big dogs to stay in separate areas for safety.
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/2016/08/12/new-dog-park-franklin-open-saturday/88620114/

Timothy E. Riordan

Atlanta Area Council

Atlanta, GA

Built a 150' ADA-compliant sidewalk that provides disabled members of the church access to the pavilion on Reilly Field at St. Ann's Church. The project required over 400 hours of labor, 38 tons of gravel, and 10 yards of concrete. The project has had a significant impact on the church.

Adam Gabriel Sachs

South Florida Council

Miami Lakes, FL

Monofilament, also known as fishing line, has a devastating, long lasting effect on the environment. Tennis ball cans are not recyclable due the combination of the metal ring, type of plastic lid and body. At this time, no one recycles the cans due to the labor of separating these parts. The project consisted of recycling these two items into 625 portable monofilament containers and distribute to the fishing community. The container includes a Velcro strap which allows it to be attached to a tackle box, motorboat etc. and a lid attached by zip tie. This container provides a place for anglers to keep monofilament from being discarded into the oceans, our environment, or added to the landfill.

Joseph Stiles

Central North Carolina Council

Albemarle, NC

Wolfgang's Butterfly Garden is a colorful feeding ground for Monarch butterflies and other travelers while providing an opportunity for students at Wolf Meadow Elementary to study butterflies. The project requires minimal upkeep, it permits teachers to easily contain the students, and it is handicap accessible. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation deemed the garden as an official part of the Butterfly Highway System.
http://www.independenttribune.com/news/wolfgang-s-garden-is-ready-for-butterflies/article_2a22be44-2daf-11e6-9150-6b711660aaec.html

Alex Thurin

Greater Tampa Bay Area Council

Tampa, FL

Updated the flag pole and entrance to Pop Stansell Park, Palm Harbor, Florida. The project included building a memorial dedicated to our servicemen and women, and to Captain Dean Parks, who taught hundreds of local youth how to fish through the Palm Harbor Parks Department. The project needed $7,300 to be completed, and raised $7,304 on GoFundMe.
https://www.gofundme.com/PopStansellParkFP

Nicolas Monroe Timmons

Suwannee River Area Council

Tallahassee, FL

Built an ADA-compliant concrete walkway to the St. Marks Military Cemetery as part of San Marcos De Apalache, a national historic landmark.
http://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/chronicle/2017/03/19/nicolas-timmons-earns-eagle-scout-award/99386824/

Dalton Zarko

Longhorn Council

Fort Worth, TX

Provided curb appeal and painted an American Flag mural for the local VFW post 4695. The project honors veterans and helps keep up the appearance of a historically significant building.

Nolan Michael Zunk

Heart of Virginia Council

Richmond, VA

The Outdoor Worship Location Walkway and Patio is a 1,000 sq. ft. stone, paver brick walkway and patio at Bethia United Methodist Church. The project required 424 service hours for completion, and has an estimated value of $20,000. Seven 1000 Lumen LED bollard lights were installed and plants and greenery were also included in the project.
https://youtu.be/Pm3oucJTzOU

 


CENTRAL REGION

Regional Winner

Jacob Matvey Fry

Tecumseh Council

Springfield, OH

Led the restoration of the New Hope Cemetery. The project took 460 hours over a month to complete. The project included pouring and spreading 24 tons of gravel for parking, surveying and mapping the cemetery, taking pictures of the 80 gravestones to update the records, probing the ground to find 9 fallen and hidden gravestones, cleaning and repairing over 30 broken and illegible gravestones, and installing a 20-foot flagpole to honor the two Civil War veterans buried there.
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohwarren/Cemetery/NewHope/index.htm


Council Winners

Jeremy Martin Ames

Three Fires Council

St. Charles, IL

Kirk School Adaptive Archery & Catapult Sets - The project was created to allow students with disabilities to participate in lifelong sport activities. Ten adapted wood archery sets, one storage cart, and one adapted catapult were made. They were all specially adapted for ambulatory and non-ambulatory students.

Dale (Trip) Apley III

Southern Shores FSC

Ypsilanti, MI

Led a community effort between Huron River Watershed Council, City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation, Boy Scouts, and the Washtenaw Audubon Society to build an observation platform, educational sign, and commercial binoculars to view the recently installed osprey nesting platform. Watershed revitalization efforts have led to the return of the osprey to southeast Michigan. The project raised $7,623.00 and required 176 volunteer hours for completion.
https://youtu.be/ncIm-QMx2Ok">https://youtu.be/ncIm-QMx2Ok">https://youtu.be/ncIm-QMx2Ok

Julio Chazaro

Northeast Illinois Council

Highland Park, IL

Conversation Community Monarch Garden - Redevelopment of a conservation community native garden in front of First Baptist Church in Waukegam. Julio redeveloped the four pathways, added four benches, created two raised beds, and performed heavy-duty maintenance around the garden. Julio's garden will create a sustainable environment for Monarch butterflies.

Kevin Richard Cragg

Great Lakes FSC

Detroit, MI

Built a 96' x 30' x 32' greenhouse for Forgotten Harvest Farms, a non-profit organization in Fenton, MI that provides food for people in need. Kevin spent approximately two years planning the project and required 1,017 hours to complete. To fund the greenhouse, Kevin raised a total of $17,380. After completion assisted in the first cherry tomato harvest. After the end of the growing season, the greenhouse produced 2,000 lbs. of food.
http://www.rimolgreenhouses.com

Alec Damer

Crossroads of America Council

Indianapolis, IN

Designed and constructed an outdoor shelter for the Indianapolis School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The project made a substantial contribution to the school by allowing them to reclaim space that was previously avoided by students who have sensitivity to bright light.

Nicholas Finch

Buckeye Council

Canton, OH

Built a handicapped-accessible fishing dock in New Waterford Village Park. The project added two new handicapped parking spaces and a 25' concrete pathway leading to a 14' x 16' handicap-accessible fishing dock. Nicholas did landscaping around the dock, adding a flowerbed, bushes, and mulch. The dock was dedicated to all veterans.

Zachary Thomas Fortuna

Pathway to Adventure Council

Chicago, IL

Provided comfort items to young cancer patients at The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, IL. Zachary raised $15,300, which provided 1,987 items.
http://eagleprojectliftaspirit.weebly.com/

Joseph Thomas Foyst

Hoosier Trails Council

Bloomington, IN

Interviewed eight Eagle Scouts who had completed their Eagle projects on Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. The documentary was given to the refuge for its 50th anniversary. The project also helped the refuge complete its historical archive of Eagle Scout service projects.
http://eaglesatmuscatatuck.weebly.com/

Chandler Frenken

Simon Kenton Council

Columbus, OH

Built 12 bat boxes for the Clintonville Township. The boxes were placed around the community to help reduce the number flying insects, particularly mosquitos. The project generated several news articles and a TV interview.
http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/clintonville/news/2015/11/09/resident-endorses-bats-for-bug-control.html
http://www.10tv.com/article/bat-boxes-placed-clintonville-help-control-bug-population

Tanner Glynn

W.D. Boyce Council

Peoria, IL

Tanner painted snowflakes, candy canes, lollipops, and a Frosty the Snowman for the City of LaSalle's second annual "Celebration of Light" drive-thru display in Rotary Park.
http://www.iml.org/page.cfm?key=16273&parent=4269

Riley Good

Water and Woods FSC Council

Flint, MI

Countryside Church Food Pantry - Planned, organized, and renovated a modular building to convert a food pantry serving Sanilac County Michigan. The project took 18 months to complete with the help of 18 volunteers.
http://sanilaccountynews.mihomepaper.com/news/2016-10-12/Front_Page/Eagle_Scout_project_feeds_hungry.html

Tanner Hallett

Potawatomi Area Council

Waukesha, WI

Surveyed the health of all 317 city-owned ash trees in Oconomowoc based on discoloration, crown dieback, and defoliation. Tanner gave each tree a health score and compiled the data onto a Google Map. The city will use this information to prioritize the removal of trees being killed by emerald ash borer.
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1PtzKkBa-ppTNxtPirvH8pbjixpo&II=43.10014038225062%2C-88.49101815&z=13

Dane Hancock

Buffalo Trace Council

Evansville, IN

Rebuilt and revitalized Jacobsville Park, an inner-city park in Evansville, IN.
https://vimeo.com/137179738

Nathan Thomas Hausfeld

Miami Valley Council

Dayton, OH

Constructed the Ft. Loramie Veterans Memorial Monument located in Canal Park in Ft. Loramie, OH. Nathan worked with the Village and monument company on the design of the monument, and raised funds through local businesses and American Legion Post 355. After completion, Nathan coordinated with numerous local agencies and dignitaries to plan and carry out the dedication ceremony which drew over 200 people.
www.fortloramie.com/veterans-memorial

Edmond Ruben Henning

Hawkeye Area Council

Cedar Rapids, IA

Cleaned, repaired, and restored over 30 Civil War veteran headstones for Victor Cemetery and the American Legion.

Robert Joseph Klinkhammer

Northeast Iowa Council

Dubuque, IA

Placed six Honor Benches at various fire stations around Dubuque, IA. The memorial benches were all sponsored by family and friends of retired and deceased firefighters. Cement bases were poured for each bench.

Logan James Ludwig

Samoset Council

Weston, WI

Built a Veterans Memorial located at the corner of Walnut & Second Street in Marathon City, WI. The memorial contains a concrete walkway with a stamped concrete border and a granite sign placed on two pillars. Three lighted flag poles present the American flag, Wisconsin State flag, and Legion Post 469 flag. Logan also created a custom bench designed with the insignias of each military branch.
http://www.waow.com/store/32842179/2016/08/Thursday/marathon-city-teen-creates-veterans-memorial

Alex Menke

Lincoln Trails Council

Decatur, IL

The Sullivan High School Mural Project is a framed 6' by 8' canvas painting with the SHS's Redskin mascot as the focus point. The mural was done in the SHS school colors of red and black and hung on an empty wall in the SHS commons area. It depicts school spirt and adds color and interest to the room.

Christopher Olaf Minge

Northern Star Council

St. Paul, MN

With the help with the Scouts in his troop, made an iOS app based on an existing website created by mWater. The app and website allows organizations to track wells and water sources in impoverishment parts of the world, allowing for more efficient organization and handling of efforts and resources. Christopher led Scouts through the testing and review of the application, including an analysis of features to be added and ways to improve functionality. The app is now available for free download on the Apple app store.
http://www.edinaschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=14&DomainID=30&PageID=4052&ModuleInstanceID=8991&IsMoreExpandedView=True

Nicholas Alexander Mirza

Blackhawk Area

Rockford, IL

Westlake Village Wetlands and Kiosk is a multilevel conservation project addressing invasive plants, pollution, erosion, land stewardship, and wildlife shelters.

Jacob Moll

Black Swamp Area Council

Findlay, OH

Canal Falls River Access Stairway - Built an elevated platform staircase consisting of 10 sections of platforms and steps allowing access to the Miami-Erie Canal break on the scenic Buckeye Trail near Florida, OH.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-mpe4OkucM&feature=youtu.be

Matthew Constantine Pianfetti

Prairielands Council

Champaign, IL

Led a group of Scouts, Scout leaders, and volunteers in a food drive that provided over five months of food for Feeding Our Kids organization, a local non-profit. To date Matthew is the highest donor to the organization with 8,500 cans and packages of food and over $300 in cash donations during the food drive.
http://feedingourkids.org/donate/

Josh Pinchek

Dan Beard Council

Cincinnati, OH

Restored the Union Cemetery. Josh used mortar and aluminum frames to straighten and repair 56 headstones. The project also removed several truckloads of brush and overgrowth. Josh repaired a border fence, added two benches and a willow tree, added large stones to a nearby creek to prevent erosion, and created a bulletin board displaying a map of the cemetery occupants. The project cost $1,668.03 and took 354.5 service hours over three months to complete.
http://feedingourkids.org/donate/

John Michael Prouty

Muskingum Valley Council

Zanesville, OK

Leveled and repaired fallen and broken headstones at Bethel Church cemetery.
http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/local/2016/11/19/adamsville-news/93917092/

Thomas A. Raimonde

Three Harbors Council

Milwaukee, WI

Designed and installed an irrigation system to water 30 raised beds for a community garden. The gardens produce is donated to local area food banks.

Nathan Jay Riley

Heart of America Council

Kansas City, MO

Replaced a wooden foot bridge with a new sustainable bridge at the Immacolata Manor in Liberty, MO. The project took 17 work days with 44 Scouts and Scouters performing the work.

Joshua Royal

Mid-America Council

Omaha, NE

Built a prayer garden for the Poor Clare sisters of Omaha, NE. The prayer garden is a 200' x 3' circular walkway winding between some existing trees and includes a set of stairs with seven steps and galvanized handrails.
https://www.gofundme.com/joshs-eagleproject

Christopher Sexton

La Salle Council

South Bend, IN

Porter County Wildlife Sanctuary's New Trail - Christopher cleared a dozen trees, built two bridges, three boardwalks, two picnic tables, two benches, trail signs, and information signs.
http://www.nwindianalife.com/community/government-community-resources/64802-two-chesterton-troop-908-scouts-take-on-local-projects-to-earn-eagle-scout-rank-in-2017

Jacob D. Shoemaker

Chippewa Valley Council

Eau Claire, WI

Constructed an agility course for dogs at the Eau Claire Humane Association. The course includes hurdles, two ramps, weave poles, a doggy hopscotch, and a hoop for the dogs to jump through. The agility course provides an area for dogs to play and serves as a meeting place for potential adopters to get to know the animals.
http://www.wqow.com/story/33682792/2016/11/Thursday/dogs-get-new-playground-at-eau-claire-county-humane-association

Noah Dale Straeter

Greater St. Louis Area Council

St. Louis, MO

Purchased a movable trailer to make bookmobile serving families in the small communities surrounding Carlyle. These families will have the opportunity to read books during the summer when school is not in session.
https://www.facebook.com/Carlyle-Bookmobile-103495090059893/

Croix S. Sweval

Greater Cleveland Council

Cleveland, OH

Built an elevated press box for the Mansfield Christian School soccer field. Prior to completion, the school had been using a table near the field. The new box is 8' x 16' and required special permits and inspections by the city.
http://www.mansfieldnewsjouranl.com/story/news/local/2015/11/24/soccer-player-builds-press-box-eagle-scout-project/76311216/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q:04zJRDR9Y

Chase Patrick Webb

Allohak Council

Parkersburg, WV

Obtained materials, supplies and labor to construct a GaGa Ball Pit for Camp Sheppard, a 4-H camp in Gandeevill, WV.

 


NORTHEAST REGION

Regional Winner

Brendan M. Sullivan

Knox Trail Council

Marlborough, MA

Brendan's Eagle Quilts - Brendan wanted to dedicate his Eagle Scout project to those in the neonatal intensive care units. His project comprised two main parts and took two years of planning. Brendan raised funds to purchase 12 iPads and a special charging station. He borrowed 150 children's books from the local library and with the help of 39 volunteers, they read and recorded over 29 hours of stories. These stories will be played to the recovering children in the intensive care unit. Brendan measured and developed a pattern for a custom-made quilt cover that helped prevent these quilts from falling on the floor. This is a special covering for the incubators in the intensive care units.
www.eaglequilts.com


Council Winners

Marcello J. Barbieri

Nashua Valley Council

Lancaster, MA

Clean approximately 400' of trail that will lead to the bank of the Nashua River. The trail will provide better accessibility for a canoe launch, which will be built by the Friends of the Nashua River.

Noah T. Breske

National Capital Area Council

Bethesda, MD

Replaced unusable and overgrown basketball and tennis courts with a fun and fitness-based attraction for Scouts, tourists and the community. The low-ropes/team building course which includes a cargo net, a 100' monkey bridge, a giant teeter-totter, a zig-zag balance beam, stepping stones, a tire rope, an upside-down rope climb, and several other team building activities.
http://nbeagleserviceproject.weebly.com

Devin DeCicco

Hudson Valley Council

Newburgh, NY

Created a garden pergola and gravel walkway in the back of St. Joseph's Church by the cross and blessed mother. Davin cleared brush, placed benches, and added flowers and trees to brighten the area.

Jordan Felicia

Longhouse Council

Syracuse, NY

Organized a LIFT Youth Leadership Seminar that was held at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center in Watertown, NY. Ninth grade students from six area high schools were chosen by their school counselors to attend this event based on their leadership potential. Jordan came up with four basic principles (leadership, Inspiration, Focus, and Teamwork) and solicited experts to speak about each topic.
https;//youtu.be/g8es0eDI0H4

Donovan Fisher

Washington Crossing Council

Doylestown, PA

Installed a backstop and re-graded the current baseball practice field at the VFW Post 491. The upgrade to the baseball field will enhance the grounds of the VFW and be more inviting to groups looking to rent the VFW facilities. It will also bring more little league teams to the VFW to practice.
https://www.facebook.com/ThePopcornScout

Tyler C. Fleming

The Spirit of Adventure Council

Milton, MA

Designed and installed a solar-powered, computer-controlled, pumping system to provide water to the Walter F. Lewis Community Gardens. This included installation of a solar panel and power controller, as well as the design and implementation of an Arduino-based controller to detect when the well is dry and shut off the pump.
https://www.gofundme.com/xjtbasek

James Braeden Foran

Minsi Trails Council

Lehigh Valley, PA

Provided two resource centers at a local shelter in Phillipsburg, NJ called Grandma's House. The shelter assists homeless women and new mothers with small children. Each room is equipped with dual workstations, desktop PCs, an IT network, and professional office furnishings. Since career and educational concerns often play a major role when faced with unplanned pregnancy, this project will continue to have a significant impact on young women who choose to keep families together.
http://www.grandmashouse.us/home/eagle_scout_project

Michael L. Heck III

Pennsylvania Dutch Council

Lancaster, PA

Dry Hydrant remote water access was developed and carried out to enable the fire companies of three local communities to access firefighting water to fill tankers and get water to remote fires throughout the county.
http://www.jacksontownship-pa.gov/images/DRY%20HYDRANT%20NARRATIVE%20FOR%20TOWNSHIP.pdf

William Douglas Hildebrand

Mason-Dixon Council

Hagerstown, MD

Built a 240-square-foot pavilion in the Funkstown Community Park costing $7,000. The project took about 18 months from planning to completion. Concrete and labor was donated by Crampton Contractors. William raised nearly $2,500 for the rest of the materials needed. The project took 351 hours with the efforts of 46 volunteers.
http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/education/student_standout/eagle-scout-my-purpose-in-life-is-to-help-other/article_b827e446-d5f0-11e6-b556-2b6a2e156c44.html

Brandon Huey

Hawk Mountain Council

Reading, PA

Installed two 40' dugouts at Jim Dietrich Park. The project involved framing out the walls and roof, installing siding on the inside and outside walls, and building and installing benches. The roofing membrane, sheet metal, and installation was a donation from GSM Roofing.

Zachary William Kelly

Garden State Council

Westampton, NJ

Implemented a Lego Social Skills Group at the Burlington County Special Services School PASC campus in Westampton, NJ. This group benefited students with autism ages 5 - 21. The project consisted of assembling Lego kits of various themes piece by piece and taking pictures after each piece was assembled. This project helped guide students with autism in the piece-by-piece assembly of the Lego sets in an attempt to develop their communication and social skills.

Ethan T. Keyes

French Creek Council

Erie, PA

Built a youth archaeology learning center using three raised dig sites for kids to get hands-on experience. Each box will be filled with different material to give the children different substances to dig in. The center will provide thousands of kids with an archaeology dig experience that is family friendly.

John A. Moore

Rip Van Winkle Council

Kingston, NY

Built a stone platform, steps, and walkway to the veterans memorial at the new Pt. Ewen Town Hall. The platform includes a rifle rack to hold guns while soldiers are at ease during American Legion Memorial Day and Fourth of July events.

Ethan Andrew Ngai

Greater New York Councils

New York, NY

Designed, organized, fundraised, and managed a STEM robotics workshop for 48 students at a Forest Hills, NY elementary school.
https://www.bsa-gnyc.org/roboworkshop

Dillon Panico

Westchester-Putnam Council

Hawthorne, NY

Held a free carnival for heart awareness at the Little Hearts Organization. He chose this as a project because his brother has a CHD called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome that went undiagnosed for two weeks. Education and awareness are the way to save lives.

Derek Ravensbergen

Northern New Jersey

Oakland, NJ

Expanded an existing garden at Dumont Church, which supplies fresh produce annually to needy families. This included removal of an old tree, added a new state of the art irrigation system, rainwater collection tanks, deer fencing, a greenhouse for seedlings, new paver stone curbing, and an improved garden layout.
http://archive.northjersey.com/news/boy-scouts-expand-garden-at-dumont-church-that-helps-supply-paterson-food-pantry-1.1604032

Jonathan M. Reiheardt

Laurel Highlands Council

Pittsburgh, NJ

Built a memorial garden to honor and remember veterans and Mr. Dilliot, former Northgate band director. A deteriorating flag pole was replaced and two new flag poles were erected. Repaired and resurfaced an existing memorial by adding granite plaques engraved with the names and ranks of the veterans. New plants and flowers were planted in the flower beds.

Christopher M. Solan

Patriots Path Council

Cedar Knolls, NJ

Trail of Rochambeau - Researched and identified the route traveled by the French Army under the command of General Comte De Rochambeau, to the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. The project provided fund raising, research with support from local historians, and the installation of road signs and trail markers to mark and identify the trail. A website was also created to provide local citizens with local history and importance of this national historic trail.
http://eagelprojecttrailofrochambeau.weebly.com/

Bryce Stack

Daniel Webster Council

Manchester, NH

Transformed unused land around the Unitarian Universalist Church parking lot into a vegetable garden that benefits the hungry in Nashua. In the end of one summer, over 200 Ibs. of food were donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen. The garden will always be used by the church to benefit the hungry.

Andrew R. Turner

Narragansett Council

East Providence. RI

Raised $7,257.59 to refinish 3,624 square feet of hardwood floor in St. Cecilia Church. Fifty-one volunteers spent 744 hours over four weeks to finish the project.

David A. Wolverton

Monmouth Council

Morganville, NJ

Designed and built an 18-hole disc golf course located in Thompson Park, Jamesburg, NJ. David raised $13,421 utilizing a 60-day Kickstarter campaign along with a disc golf fundraising tournament which covered the cost of all materials. By the end of the first year TPDGC was rated by Disc Golf Review as one of the top 50 courses in the United States.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davidwolverton/disc-golf-course-davids-eagle-project-central-nj/description

 


WESTERN REGION

Regional Winner

Evan Wright

San Diego-Imperial Council

San Diego, CA

Printing parts for prosthetic hands on a 3D printer, then led three events where volunteers from his troop, church, and robotics team assembled the hands. They built 40 hands, which were donated to children without fingers. Hands were done in fun superhero themes.
https://www.gofundme.com/3dhands
https://youtu.be/jDBujy-tWxw


Council Winners

Tyler Grant Anderson

Greater Los Angeles Area Council

Los Angeles, CA

Donated 200 no-sew blankets and 1,250 gently used books to the local senior center in the city of West Covina where many seniors have no family to spend time with on the holidays. All items were hand-wrapped with a homemade card.
https://www.gofundme.com/hn545jck

Dakota Chandler Bauder

Great Alaska Council

Anchorage, AK

Built the Fort Rousseau Causeway State Historical Park, which includes tent areas, picnic tables, fire rings, and an outhouse. This project had the help of local, state and federal agencies and many local volunteers.
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/southeast/ftrousseau.htm

Jean-Pierre J. Bega

Pacific Harbors Council

Tacoma, WA

Built 18 raised garden beds for the new Springbrook Community Garden at Springbrook Park. The beds ranged in size from 4' x 8' to 12' x 20', with two beds being elevated making them ADA accessible.

Joseph Storrs Blair

Western Los Angeles County Council

Van Nuys, CA

Redesigned a kindergarten play yard with new activities and play area for 60 children in a space that was originally designed to accommodate 20. Joseph added a 20' x 20' multicolor multiplication chart, painted hand ball scoring lines on four hand ball courts, and cleaned and reseeded a large grass playfield adjacent to the play yards for Vintage Elementary.
https://www.gofundme.com/JoeBlair-Vintage

Nathan Kenneth Cox

California Inland Empire Council

Redlands, CA

"Proud to be an American" is Nathan's Eagle Scout Service Project benefiting veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project. It is an inspiring music video of Nathan's arrangement of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA". The purpose of this project is to honor veterans and all those who serve in the armed forces, and to raise awareness for those injured in combat.
https://youtu.be/ydp8W5LKsDk

Benjamin Ray Gryboski

Longs Peak Council

Greeley, CO

Designed and built a concession stand on Dayspring Christian Academy's football field. The concession stand is a 12' x 24' wood structure with two doors and six service windows. It also has a porch area for running the school's grill. This project cost $7,749.04 and took 697 hours to complete.

James Thomas Holmes

Pacific Skyline Council

Burlingame, CA

Raised $3,500 to provide 75 backpacks filled with survival items to homeless veterans at the Palo Alto VA Hospital and San Francisco Swords to Plowshares. The program was so successful that an Eagle Scout candidate in Troop 101 did it again in December 2016, raising $5,500 to donate 125 filled backpacks.

Johnathan James Klein

Montana Council

Great Falls, MT

Constructed a gravel parking lot with fenced boundary, built two picnic tables with ravel platforms, built an outhouse, made a trailhead sign, and planted two ponderosa pine trees for a popular hiking trail in Beaver Creek Park near Havre, Montana.
http://www.havredailynews.com/story/2016/04/25/local/eagle-project-is-building-a-parking-lot/508476.html

Amed Florentino Galo Moji Lopez

Verdugo Hills Council

Glendale, CA

Created a Cub Scout pack in Los Angeles based out of Home Boy Industries to serve the underprivileged community in the area. Amed held a carnival which raised over $2,000 for the new Cub Scout pack.
https://www.facebook.com/events/195728844148716/

Ryan Mavis

Sequoia Council

Fresno, CA

Packed 200 backpacks with school supplies for children in need.

Andrew Thomas Pyler

Ventura County Council

Camarillo, CA

Cleaned, prepared, and photographed 75 historic artifacts in preparation for the 75th anniversary of the United States Naval "Seabees" in 2017. Andrew also built a photography backdrop stand out of PVC pipe for the museum.
http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/port-hueneme/2016/11/27/boy-scouts-help-spruce-up-seabee-museums-artifcats/93249058

Vishakk Rajendran

Catalina Council

Tucson, AZ

Invited students and adults to participate in the Helping Hands Project to help children across the globe who need a hand. During the event participants learned about 3D printing and how this technology is used in printing inexpensive mechanical hands for children who need them. The participants assembled 20 3D prosthetic hands that will transform the life of a child receiving the hand.
https://vishakkseaglescoutproject.wordpress.com

Grant Reeg

Mount Diablo Silverado Council

Pleasant Hill, CA

Planned and supervised the construction of 10 Wood Duck nesting boxes for Lodi Parks Recreation & Cultural Services. Grant created an innovative design using steel wool instead of chicken wire to prevent predators from reaching the ducklings. Additionally, he designed internal ridges to help the ducklings climb in and out of the boxes.
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/07/06/concord-teen-earns-eagle-scout-rank-4/

James Paul Verheyden

Crater Lake Council

Central Point, OR

Built an archery range for Cascades Academy for students ranging in age from pre-K to high school. James acquired the targets and housing and set up the range and shooting area. The range will allow the school to have an archery program.

Ryan N. Warren

Blue Mountain Council

Kennewick, WA

Planned, organized, and led the construction of a masonry restroom for a city park that serves a low-income neighborhood. The project consisted of obtaining city approvals, performing a sitting analysis, securing resources (over $17,000 in funding and donated materials, equipment, and expertise over a two-year period), defining work scope, soliciting estimates, recruiting and directing professional and amateur volunteers, scheduling, and coordination of the various disciplines to execute the construction.

Jacob Charles Waters

Nevada Area Council

Reno, NV

Using U.S. Army Chinook helicopters, the completed project removed 18 illegally dumped vehicles and 30 tons of trash from the Hunter Creek and Steamboat Ditch areas. This will help lower the levels of metals and contaminants that flow into the Truckee River from the abandoned vehicles. It will also help reduce the risk to the endangered Cui-ui fish, the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, other wildlife, and the citizens of the Truckee Meadows.
https://jacobwaters1.wordpress.com/

David Grant Waytashek

Mount Baker Council

Everett, WA

Planted 200+ native trees and shrubs around 6,000 sq. ft. of wetland forest buffer along salmon bearing streams at Terrel Creek in Birch Bay, WA. David added vole, beaver, and deer protection around trees and mulched around the plants. The project will help restore habitat to the salmon runs in Whatcom County so salmon can spawn and grow before heading downstream.

Jonathan Andrew Weiss

San Francisco Bay Area Council

San Leandro, CA

Organized a benefit concert to raise donations for Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S. Marines to give children toys in low income families. Seventy-five unwrapped toys were collected.

Carl "CJ" Writer

Orange County Council

Santa Ana, CA

Designed and installed four water conservation gardens for the City of Anaheim's Lenain Water Treatment Facility located in Anaheim Hills. The four gardens are 1,188 sq. ft. each or 4,752 sq. ft. total and included 293 plants. The gardens include: Succulent Garden, Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden, California Native Garden, and Edible Garden.
www.facebook/CJsEagleScoutGardens