Brandon Lane Completed His Eagle Project
January 26, 2013
Back Row: Brock Lane, Caleb Mendenhall,
Brice Lane, Austin Ahern, Dayton Stull, Vasille
Wilcox, and Brad Lane. Front row: Jeremy Piatt,
Mason Allaman, Justin Grim and Brandon Lane
By Jessica Rooot
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
Congratulations are in order to Brandon Lane, LSN junior, for completing his Eagle Project in Boy Scouts, just one step closer to earning his Eagle.
Lane decided to build birdhouses for Joplin as his Eagle Project. To earn the highest rank of Eagle, Boy Scouts are required to complete a special project.
“I was inspired to put this project together by a requirement to get Eagle as a rank,” Lane said. “Once Merle Bowers mentioned it I knew I could jump on this and get my Eagle Project finished up.”
Merle Bowers, the Charter Organization Representative for Lane’s troop, helped Lane get in touch with Kim Fritchie on the City of Lee’s Summit’s Beautification Committee. Fritchie wanted to add some way to clean out the bird houses, so Lane decided to add a hinge and a clasp to hold the lids on.
Lane and his team of helpers, which included fellow Boy Scouts and family members, spent approximately 80 hours planning and building the birdhouses. Lane organized getting all of the materials from Lowes and Home Depot.
Brad Lane, Brice Lane, Brock Lane, Caleb Mendenhall, Austin Ahern, Dayton Stull, Jeremy Piatt, Mason Allaman, Justin Grim, Vasille Wilcox, Bernie Sieleman, Ethan Stephenson, Geoff Stephenson, Monty Stull and Dennis Allaman all assisted with the Eagle Project.
“The wood itself had to be picked out and bought, and only the best wood in Home Depot was selected,” Lane said. “We chose pieces that had as close to no knots or splits as possible.”
20 birdhouses were built, and Lane is still working out details with the beneficiary in Joplin.
Lane has collected a total of 27 merit badges during his scouting years.
“It is difficult to nail down just one thing I have enjoyed about scouting, but if I had to say something, I would have to say the diversity of the people and the diversity of what we do,” Lane said. “Skiing, climbing, hiking… It is all done in scouting.”
Lane would like to thank everyone who helped out with his Eagle Project.