On June 10th, Boy Scout, Austin M., joined by fellow Scout, Robert S., visited Orchard Hill to begin a three part series for his Eagle Scout Badge.  The first phase of his community based service project is an inter-generational project with the residents and the scouts.  During the afternoon gathering, a dozen residents joined Austin and Robert in painting the craft sized wooden bird houses.  The interactive event drew other Orchard Hill resident family members as well! The vibrantly colored bird houses are currently displayed in a crab apple tree upon the entrance to the Community in a temporary art installation.  Resident Temma expressed her joy in seeing them, “the cheeriness of the the houses make me smile every time I head outside!” Residents Jane, Mary, Pat and Joan said they felt, “…happy, fresh-air, smiling and peaceful”, when they see the houses.

Boy Scouts can receive their Eagle Scout badge by fulfilling certain requirements ,   http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/eagle.aspx, including earning 21 badges. While Austin is a Life Scout,  he must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before he actually started at Orchard Hill. He is required to use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, in meeting this requirement.

On July 20th, Austin will return to present the second part of his project to Orchard Hill Residents. His presentation, with a printed version as well, will discuss the project and the benefits to the Community.  The goal of the project is to create another experience for the residents that they will enjoy for years to come.