Eagle Scout Does a Good Turn for His Former School

Eagle Scout Does a Good Turn for His Former School

by Susan Neuhalfen

As a child, one of Connor Hubert’s favorite memories was going outside for science class. A former student at E.P. Rayzor Elementary, Hubert had the opportunity to learn about environmental science in the Outdoor Learning Center located behind the school.

As with most outdoor projects, Mother Nature took its toll over time and years later, the center was in disrepair. Mrs. Williams, a 5th grade science teacher at E.P, Rayzor, contacted Lantana’s Boy Scout Troop 99 to see if they would be willing to take on the project. Connor, one of the founding members of Troop 99, decided to make this his Eagle Scout project, not only as a project to help his community, but as a labor of love.

“I wanted the students to have the same learning experience that I had,” said Connor. “I also wanted to make some improvements so the space was more teacher-friendly.”

This was more than an average Eagle Scout project. The scout leaders who reviewed his Eagle project warned him that he might want to consider something a little less ambitious. He was determined, however, and Connor went above and beyond just bringing the center back to its original condition, he made improvements that were not in the original design.

Hubert began by clearing the grass and cutting back the trees and shrubs. Then he and his crew went to work to prepare the ground with mulch—five truckloads from 1-2-Tree to be exact—which took several days to spread. Because of the August heat, they had to take it in three hour shifts making for a much longer project than anticipated.

A makeshift classroom of benches was already in place, but the wood had splintered over the years. Connor and his team used pressure treated wood with weather coating and expanded the benches to a larger size to make them more comfortable for sitting. He then crafted two picnic tables, an idea that Mrs. Williams suggested, which were placed in the classroom area not just for extra seating, but to work as desks when necessary.

While most Eagle projects are finished in a matter of weeks, Connor’s project ranged from March through August. He also had the help of many scouts in his troop. Anywhere from 12-25 scouts came for each scheduled work day. Though all planning and execution was up to Connor, his father, Doug, was a rock throughout the whole process. However, he and his father both had to take a hiatus at one point as Connor was in the hospital for surgery (and recovery) and his father had an overseas work project.

“We just hung in there and stuck with it,” said Connor, a senior at Guyer High School. “When I brought Mrs. Williams back to see it, seeing her reaction was worth all of the time and effort we put in.”

In fact, Mrs. Williams was so excited she ran back to get the principal to see all of the work that Connor and his team had done.

When asked what he’d learned from the project, Connor didn’t hesitate to answer.

“If you really believe in something and stick with it, nothing is impossible,” said Connor.

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