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Eagle Scout Project That’s Recycling Cars for Veterans

carstar-boy-scoutWhen 15-year-old Corey C. set his sights on reaching Scouting’s highest rank, he decided to combine his two passions: serving veterans and car mechanics. Now, thanks to his heart for service and cars, two U.S. Army veterans received two fully repaired vehicles.

“I grew up around the mechanical industry,” said Corey to Body Shop Business. “I’m also in JROTC, which puts me around a lot of veterans, so I put two and two together and came up with the idea to do a Recycled Ride to earn my Eagle Scout badge.”

In partnership with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program, Corey repaired a wrecked 2010 Mazda 3 and 2009 Toyota Camry into two safe, fully restored cars for the veterans. The first car was donated by his mother’s ARC towing company and the other was donated by Allstate.

The Eagle worked on the project with his brother Bradley, however, most of the hands-on work was done himself. Corey sourced donations and discounts for parts and mechanical work from business in the community and was involved in every step of the cars’ transformations.

“I’ve learned how to paint, weld and reassemble a car,” explained Corey. “I’ve also learned how to get in front of people and speak at events. It was stressful at first, but I pushed my way through it to reach my goal.”

Read the full story about this Eagle’s inspiring project to serve veterans in his community by heading to Body Shop Business.

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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.