Nathan T. of Troop 904 in Arlington, VA, has always attended Van Hanh Buddhist Temple. His family has been members there for 30 years. It is a welcoming place, and Nathan enjoys attending services there. But during holidays and special events, the temple became so crowded that many people had no place to sit and would have to stand for hours; this was especially challenging for elderly members. Nathan saw this and he knew he had to help. So for his Eagle Scout Project, he decided to build four new benches for the temple so that everyone would have a place to sit.
First, Nathan spoke to the temple’s leadership and showed them sketches and plans of the style and size of the benches. Once his plan for the benches was approved, he was told he could start in April. But unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nathan had to postpone his plans to August. In the meantime, he was determined to keep working as much as possible. Nathan gathered the necessary materials and volunteers for his project. They began their work by measuring and cutting the wood. Then they moved onto assembling and painting the four benches.
Nathan couldn’t have been more proud to see the four benches in the temple after the hard work he and his volunteers put into it. It was exciting to see the project completed because Nathan knew how many people these benches could help.