Eagle Scout Project A Help For Health Dept.

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
When Mason Anderson, 13, and a member of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 34, was trying to decide on his Eagle Scout project, his mom, Jeany Carter, suggested that he do something to beautify the front of the Health Department. Carter works at the Health Department, and Mason liked her suggestion. With the help of other scouts, he was able to do zero-scaping in front of the Health Department’s front entrance on Saturday morning, July 18.  Rocks and paving stones now make an attractive, low-water arrangement. 
“Other Boy Scouts and Girls in the Troop helped Mason with his project, earning service hours toward achievement badges,” said Mason’s Mom. “Mason had volunteered to help other scouts with their Eagle Scout projects, and one of them, the scout master’s son, helped with the zero-scaping. It builds brotherhood both ways.”
Mason has been a scout since he was about six or seven years old. His mom said that after his first meeting, he said he wanted to be an Eagle Scout. She was afraid that when he got into sports that it might deter him away from Scouts, but he still loved BSA. 
“Mason played football since first or second grade, dabbled in baseball, took part in wrestling and track, and did archery for a year,” said Carter. “When he can’t squeeze a sport in, he looks around to see if there is family or friends that he can help. He goes around our neighborhood where there are seniors and offers to shovel snow out of driveways, rake leaves, or mow.”
When asked what he liked best about Scouts, Mason said that he is able to go out into the wilderness, and to see caves and other things that some kids don’t get to experience. Mason also has a favorable opinion about the recent addition of girls into traditional Boy Scout troops.
“I think of it (letting girls into his troop) as an opportunity,” said Mason. “Girls and boys are about the same people. Both want to learn things. I find it amazing that girls can see things like we do. I think that a lot of other kids should join Boy Scouts because it is a great learning opportunity. Kids do not get out as much as they should.”
Carter said that it is up to the scouts what activities they do together with girls. They decide if they want to do camp outs or other activities together. Carter said having girls in the troop is working out really well. She said that the girls have seen what their brothers do in the scouts, and joining the troop was a smooth transition. The boys learn about accommodation, and the girls learn acceptance of boys.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the BSA program. Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. Mason said that becoming an Eagle Scout means that he will lead newer scouts to get their Eagle Scout rank and learning.