If you have been to the A.R. Matthews Memorial Park in St. Paul this summer you’ve probably noticed the new picnic shelter beside the playground. It was built by James Oliver and members of his Boy Scouts of America Troop 301 Coeburn as part of James’ Eagle Scout project.
All Eagle Scout Candidates are required to complete a service project that benefits a charity, a non-profit, or a community and its citizens. James, a former St Paul Elementary student, now Eagle Scout Candidate from Troop 301 Coeburn, went to the St. Paul Town Council and asked what he could do for the town to fulfill requirements for his Eagle Scout badge. The council suggested the picnic shelter.
James began work on his project in early May. Assisting James were Troop 301 Scout Master Teddy Huff, Assistant Cub Master Michael Bradley of Cub Pack 170, Den Leaders Claudia Hill and James Robinette, Troop 301 Committee Members Malissa and Chuck McConnell, scouts. and family members. The shelter was completed in less than two weeks with a total of 481.5 service hours of work donated to the project.
Eagle Scout candidates must earn 21 merit badges including 13 merit badges from the following list: camping; personal fitness; personal management; swimming, hiking or cycling; first aid; citizenship in the community; citizenship in the nation; citizenship in the world; cooking; emergency preparedness; environmental science; and communications.
James has earned 48 different Merit Badges in his Boy Scout life. In order to become an Eagle Scout, each candidate must meet with a Board of Review, which is made up of at least three scout masters from different troops, and answer a variety of questions that pertain to scouting. James is scheduled to have his review this month. It was reported in the 2018 Boy Scout Handbook that only 5% of scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout.
Congratulations James for your hard work and dedication.
Troop 301 thanks these businesses for their donations to the project: White Rock Truss Company, Rose Hill, VA; Home Town Hardware, St. Paul, VA; Horizon Homes, Norton VA; The Town of St. Paul; Southern Forest Products, Appalachia, VA; Lowes Home Improvement, Wise, VA; Sykes Enterprises, Inc., Wise, VA; Miner’s Exchange Bank, Wise County, VA; Morgan-McClure Chevrolet Buick Cadillac Inc., Coeburn, VA; BB & T Bank.