Aden V. of Troop 956 in Sterling, VA, loves to play volleyball. He is on the volleyball team at his school, Dominion High School. They often practice and play games at Potomac Baptist Church. Their games frequently bring in big crowds, but the facility lacked places to sit while watching the games. So Aden knew he had to do something to make these games more comfortable for the crowd. He decided to make two eight-foot-long benches to add to the court for his Eagle Scout Project.
Aden began his project by creating and planning out the instructions for how to make the benches. While a bench may look easy to make, Aden had the extra challenge of making them long enough and sturdy enough to fit five to six people. So he spent a lot of time researching bench construction. When assembling the benches with his volunteers, Aden found that the most challenging part was the backrest. The wood wasn’t perfectly straight, and he had to be much more careful when fastening the pieces together so they came out correctly. He also had to sand and round the bench to reduce the chance of splinters.
After completing this project, Aden said, “I learned that even though the preparation for the benches was a very long process, all the planning was all worth it when the workday went off without a problem and was completed in one day. BE PREPARED.”