PRINCETON — Trevor Atkinson and Josh Eggers, both seniors at Princeton High School, have been friends since they were just kids. The two have grown-up together and share several memories of being a Boy Scout, like the time they climbed Pike’s Peak in Colorado.
With graduation fast approaching the two set out on one final adventure together — earning their Eagle Scout badges.
To do this. they each had to come up with a project geared toward improving their community and get it approved by their council.
“The project can’t benefit yourself or the troop. It has to benefit everybody,” Eggers said.
Atkinson decided to help out his high school’s band class. He learned his band teacher, Steven Olson, was in search of someone who could build guitar racks for the class to help get the instruments off the floor. Those who play guitars themselves know these racks don’t come cheap.
As a band student himself, Atkinson knew it was a project right up his alley and something with which he was happy to help.
“The guitars were laying on the floor and getting kicked around a little bit,” he said. “The racks will help them stay in better condition.”
Atkinson was able to figure a homemade design using PVC piping and foam covers. And with a little help from fellow scouts, he was able to finish them within a day.
As for Eggers, he recently moved to the Greencroft Subdivision and was made aware of the newer homes that didn’t have addresses on them. So he went around to his neighbors and was able to get approval from 10 homeowners who let him come back and hang numbers on the houses.
“It will help in case there’s an emergency, and people will be able to better see the addresses when wondering what house to go to,” he said. “It just makes it a lot easier for an ambulance.”
Eggers said many homeowners were grateful for his project, and a few even went out and purchased their own numbers to put on their homes. Eggers believed he helped bring awareness to the issue.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable for Boy Scouts. Only about 5 percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to make Eagle take years to fulfill. Eggers has been a scout for eight years, and Atkinson for six years.
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and completion of an extensive service project the scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.
Both Eggers and Atkinson plan to showcase their Eagle Scout status on their resumes to help them in their future careers.
Atkinson said it’s shows accomplishment for both responsibility and leadership.
“It shows people that you can commit your time and get things done over a period of time,” Eggers added.
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