According to the Boy Scouts of America, only 4 percent of Scouts attain the prestigious Eagle rank. Carmel High School senior Robert Duncan can now say he’s part of that elite group.
Duncan is a member of Troop 276, chartered by Castleton United Methodist Church, which serves as a meeting spot for the troop.
“I wanted to give back to the church because that’s where we meet,” Duncan said. “I went to their team and they recommended I talk with Still Waters Adult Day Center across the street. The center needed an outdoor waiting area for the attendees.”
The outdoor seating area would provide a safe place for attendees to wait.
“They showed me a drawing of like their final vision for it and it was really beautiful,” Duncan said. “So, we dug out that area. Then, we filled it with rocks and we poured concrete on it. Finally, we installed metal railing.”
A majority of the work was done in fall 2017 and summer 2018. Duncan worked alongside 37 volunteers to finish the project.
“Coordinating the project took a really long time,” Duncan said. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m never going to get this done.’ I learned I needed to focus on the smaller work first.”
Still Waters Adult Day Center is grateful for Duncan’s hard work.
“We are looking forward to being able to sit and enjoy the outdoors when weather allows,” said Amy Hogan, assistant director. “We will be able to add some potted plants and some type of art piece made by our guests in their art classes to make it even more attractive.”
Duncan doesn’t plan to abandon Scouts anytime soon, even with plans to attend Ball State University in the fall.
“I will continue through the Firecrafter organization and with my troop,” he said. “I really don’t want to leave my troop. They’re great guys.”
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