When the Our Lady of Mercy parish church installed a new driveway on its grounds to provide better handicapped access for funerals, weddings, and other events, it had the unintended negative side-effect of creating a large, barren area of land.
Scout Joseph G. was looking for a way to use his Eagle Scout project to make an impact, and when he looked at that barren area of land, he decided to use his project to help the church that had itself been so helpful to so many people in his community.
The Daily Record shared the story of how Joseph gathered a team of Scouts and others and worked to beautify the church grounds.
As part of the beautification process for the church, Joseph oversaw 29 volunteers who put in several hours building and installing a pair of benches made from recycled plastic materials. This benches would give parishioners a place to sit and reflect.
His team of volunteers also planted two perennial flower beds designed to enhance the beauty and cover the area near the new driveway.
To see more information about the impact that Scouts like Joseph make, read the Baylor University study, “Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge,” which includes a number of interesting statistics about Eagle Scouts.