When Jacob of Troop 673 in Great Falls, VA, heard that a Girl Scout camp at a church near his house needed a bridge, he knew he wanted to help them out. So Jacob got to planning; he spoke to the Pastor and the groundskeeper and decided to build the bridge just above several wells that created a small pond behind the church. There were already a few bridges there, so they decided to relocate one of them to another stream and to replace it with a new one.
Unfortunately, like many of his fellow Eagle Scouts, COVID-19 delayed his plans. For a while, his supplies had been delayed in the mail. Then Jacob had to develop an entirely new plan to fit health and safety guidelines. Once his plan was good to go, Jacob got to work on the bridge. He enlisted the help Pack of 673 to build several birdhouses, and he received help from community volunteers and members of Troop 7 from Hendron, VA, which his sister is part of.
Now looking back at the project, Jacob told us, “I learned how to be a better leader and how to overcome setbacks and challenges. I had to interact with a lot of adults and fellow Scouts. I wasn’t confident in my ability to do that at first, but as the day went on, I felt more and more able to lead everyone.”