Thomas T. of Troop 904 has always admired the work of Earth Sangha, a nonprofit dedicated to ecological restoration. He’s known of them since elementary school, and always found them to be welcoming and caring about their work. They were so friendly that Thomas decided to begin volunteering there. When he heard they needed to refurbish and raise their garden beds, Thomas decided to come to their rescue for his Eagle Scout Project.
He began by speaking to Mr. Bright, who works for Earth Sangha, about helping them. Under Bright’s guidance, Thomas began to develop a plan. Unfortunately, Thomas’ original plan was put to a halt due to COVID-19. But that didn’t stop Thomas from adjusting his project to fit the guidelines once restrictions were eased. Then, with some volunteers, Thomas began to remove and transport cinder blocks, remove old wood, trim back the soil, and cut and assemble new wood for the garden beds. While this may sound easy, the whole process was quite labor intensive and even more difficult to complete under the summer heat in a pandemic.
The work was all worth it in the end for Thomas to see how satisfied Mr. Bright and his colleagues were with the work. Thomas is glad to have been able to learn the importance of preparation, communication, and adaptation in this project. Thomas is especially grateful for the help of his volunteers, saying, “It was a pleasure having friends and family alike who were willing to come to my aid during these unprecedented times. It showed me that I had people who I could count on, and when it came their time to do Eagle Projects, I gladly helped in return.”