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Eagle Scout Project Dedicated to Scout Killed on Playground

IMG_2516In 1994, 11-year-old Boy Scout Jeremy Bullock was killed by gunfire from a fellow student on the school playground who had been bullied and teased. Bullock was not the intended victim of the shooting, and the town was shaken by the terrible loss. In Jeremy’s memory, the community built a soccer field next to the school in his name.

Seth J. of Troop 1606 from the Montana Council felt compelled to honor the fallen Scout with an Eagle project that was years in the making. Nearly four years ago as a freshman, Seth began laying the foundation for the project by reaching out to the Butte Soccer Club and Butte-Silver Bow for assistance in making a pavilion to honor Jeremy’s legacy. He also spoke with the Bullock family for their blessing on the project.

Unknown-1“I had the privilege of being Seth’s Scoutmaster at the time of his Eagle project completion,” said Scoutmaster Carl Marquardt. “This young man had great ambition when it came to his Eagle Project, tackling a project of this magnitude was amazing! Seth was very diligent with his time and worked hard to get his project done. The gazebo at the soccer field was a project the community really needed and will enjoy for years to come.”

Word of high school senior Seth’s Eagle project rippled through his community, garnering more than $20,000 in donations from local businesses and his community for the dedication pavilion at the Jeremy Bullock Soccer Fields.

“I was really surprised,” said Seth. “A lot of people sent me letters of encouragement. I was shocked that so many people were willing to help out.”

A soccer player himself, Seth believes the new pavilion will help the community and other soccer players in a variety of ways. Seth explained, “I felt that I walked the field a lot myself and I wanted to not only make the memorial a little nicer, but also wanted it to be beneficial to others.”

IMG_2693But that’s not all for this Eagle. With his freshman year of college on the horizon, Seth plans to attend the University of Montana and take on a double major in economics and finance, not to mention a minor in philosophy. With an entire community backing him and great plans for the future, the sky’s the limit for this Eagle.

To read the local article on Seth’s Eagle Scout project, check out The Montana Standard.

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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.