This weekend will kick off a busy time for the local Boy Scouts of Troop 9.
Two Eagle Scout projects by Boy Scouts George Schramm and Matt Selsor will grab local attention.
Schramm will lead a project starting this weekend to improve Kellogg Lake Park, while Selsor will work with the Carthage Humane Society on a fundraiser on April 28 and projects at the shelter.
Schramm’s project will bring some revitalization to the flowerbed at the entrance of Kellogg Lake, repair and paint to the pavilion, and paint the white posts along the half-mile driveway.
“It's a multiple-phase project and it's perfect for us,” said Scoutmaster Doug Lown. “Eagle projects are supposed to be 100 hours, involving all the boys and they get credit so that they can earn their ranks, and also to continue our mission of providing community service. We're really excited for these projects.”
With a young, but growing, troop of 25 scouts, Lown estimated the work around Kellogg Lake will take about a month's time.
Schramm is 16, and must have his Eagle Project complete by his 18th birthday. However, Lown said the goal was to have the project finished by the annual Kids Fishing Day in June.
The other Eagle project, by Selsor, will be under a little more of a time crunch.
In September, Selsor will turn 18, and is taking some work for the Carthage Humane Society under his wing. His Eagle Project will consist of helping the shelter with its fundraiser in Central Park on Saturday, April 28, providing concessions during that event, planting trees at the shelter and constructing a “cat condo.”
“It's all along the same lines as helping the community which is great for everybody,” Lown said. “We'll have a busy couple of months … We always do community service projects, but we average maybe two to three Eagle Scout projects a year – something great about our troop is that even after the scouts turn 18, some tend to stay involved. And we love that.”