Ten boys in Takoma Park’s Boy Scout Troop 33 earned Eagle Scout honors this year – an award only bestowed on five percent of scouts nationwide. But perhaps most impressive is the range of projects local Eagles undertook.
One Scout built shelves and organized food donations at Community Vision’s homeless shelter, while another created a display case for the TPSS Thunderbolts’ baseball trophies.
Aaron Richards designed and taught a camping class at the Takoma Park Community Center to turn other kids onto the joys of camping — building a fire, pitching a tent, cooking over an open flame. And he videotaped a companion piece for You Tube. (www.youtube.com/user/troop33takomaparkmd)
Aaron also convinced outdoor outfitter REI to donate camping gear that he gave away to participating families. Adult students had to put up tents as their kids clambered in and out.
Another newly fledged Eagle, Enoch Davis, was inspired by the outdoor classroom at his high school to build something similar in Troop 33’s neighborhood. It took carefully completed paperwork and persistence for Enoch to gain Montgomery County’s approval to construct such a classroom at Takoma Park Middle School.
Enoch worked with other scouts to saw and stain benches for outdoor seating. “When we were done sinking the posts 18 inches into the ground, and the cement dried, five of us jumped on the benches, and they didn’t move!” he said exuberantly.
In addition, Jack Naden, Michael Gelfeld, Nick Hall, Ryan Miller, Jacob Harris and Alex Rice have joined the elite Eagle corps this year.
Photo Caption: Aaron Richards (standing) and Enoch Davis (on right) demonstrate how to soap a pot before cooking on an open fire. Teaching camping skills was the subject of Aaron’s Eagle Scout Project.