Max Wood felt a sense of unexpected urgency.
“I joined Boy Scouts in third grade, and ever since joining, the rank of Eagle Scout has pretty much been the end goal for me and just about every Scout,” said Wood, who will be a Fishers High School junior. “So, Eagle Scout has always been something I wanted to achieve. However, up until just recently I had planned on doing this a couple years down the road. But our Troop is sadly disbanding after this August, so that kind of pushed me to do my Eagle Project much earlier than expected, and I really wanted to achieve this while I was a part of (Fishers-based) Troop 777.”
Approximately 4 percent of Boys Scouts of America members earn Eagle Scout status, the highest attainable achievement.
Wood, 15, learned from the staff at the Vernon Township Community Gardens in Fortville that it wanted to eventually add compost bins.
“So, I saw it as great way to contribute to the gardens for my project,” he said. “My project is a tumbling compost bin set upon casters, so it can be easily tumbled and mixed, mounted to a wooden frame, which will allow for a wheelbarrow to be positioned just under the bin door to more easily dump and haul the rich, organic fertilizer to the nearby gardens. I actually will be building two of these to position at either end of the gardens for easier access for the gardeners.”
Wood has been working on getting the project approved for the past month. He said it takes a lot of time, paperwork and signatures.
“Now that I have the approval, I’ll be looking to build the actual project soon,” he said. “It should only take a couple of hours.”
Wood is relying on help from fellow Scouts, adult leaders, friends and family to complete the project.