When I learned that Bailey’s Elementary School in Vienna, VA, needed some garden boxes, I was inspired to help. I’ve always liked the school as my mother works there, and I particularly enjoy the idea of garden boxes that would help kids learn more about nature. So I decided to reach out to the school and present my plan for my Eagle Scout Service Project.
Once I shared my plan, the school was delighted to work with me through the challenges that COVID-19 presented. I first met with the Science teacher at the school to discuss the scope of the project. After receiving approval, we designed the garden boxes and prepared a list of what we would need. I, then, began to plan how we would construct and transport the boxes while following social distancing rules.
Once the wood arrived, my family helped me to cut the wood so that I could organize it. We then constructed the garden boxes at my house. A week later, we rented a truck to transport all of the boxes. We spent the day digging holes and installing the garden boxes at Bailey’s. Then the boxes were filled with cardboard and mulch. I found that the most difficult part of the project was deciding where to place the garden boxes because the clay was very hard to dig through. My favorite part of the project was seeing how many Scouts from both boy’s and girl’s Troops 987 came out to help. From this project, I learned that being prepared is very important and that you always need to have a backup plan.