Scout’s Eagle Project for Cemetery Is Unique

When many people think about an Eagle Scout project, it may conjure images of some sort of construction, but not all Eagle Scout candidates are interested in building something for their project.

Such was the case for Eagle Scout candidate Timothy U. The Star Gazette shared the story of how Timothy originally planned to do what he thought would be a traditional construction-based Eagle Scout project, but when he began researching and planning, he discovered that another plan of action might be more fruitful.

Scout's Eagle Project for Cemetery is Unique
Scout Timothy U. at the cemetery where he completed his Eagle project. (photo: Kelly Gampel/Star Gazette)

While constructing things wasn’t a skill that Timothy had developed, he had cultivated great skill in another kind of building – the building of audio tracks. After talking with Scout leaders and others, Timothy decided to put his audio skills to use developing something that would benefit his hometown.

“The main idea behind an Eagle Scout project is that you’re doing something to benefit other people … you have to help your community, help your church,” Timothy said.

He focused his attention on the local Woodlawn Cemetery, which has many notable individuals buried therein, including Mark Twain, one of the most well-recognized American authors of the 19th century.

Timothy began developing an audio tour that would highlight many of the notable grave sites throughout the cemetery for visitors interested in learning about the historical figures buried there.

The audio tour, which features music and a voice track with key information on several of the key individuals buried in the cemetery, can be experienced either via driving through the cemetery or going on foot.

“I hope they find it enjoyable and appreciate all the work that went into it and enjoy the history,” Timothy said of the cemetery tour.

To learn more about Timothy’s unique Eagle Scout project, be sure to read the full article and watch the video from the Star Gazette.

To learn more about how Eagle Scouts benefit their communities in many ways, read the Baylor University research study, “Eagle Scouts: Merit Beyond the Badge.”


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