Eagle Scout project set to begin in Edwardsburg

EDWARDSBURG — An Edwardsburg Boy Scout is looking for ways to serve his community in order to achieve the highest rank one can achieve in the organization.

Cameron Robbins, a Life Scout in Edwardsburg Boy Scout Troop 593, is currently making final plans to begin his Eagle Scout project.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, Robbins must be active in his troop for at least six months at a Life Scout. He must demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout oath and Scout law. He must have earned at least 21 merit badges [10 more than required for Life rank].

He must also have served in one of four positions of responsibility — patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster or outdoor ethics guide.

The final step is to plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project to help any religious institution, any school or his community.

After haven spoken with area churches, Robbins decided to do something to help the community of Edwardsburg.

“My idea was putting landscape around the four ‘Welcome to Edwardsburg’ signs,” he said. “They are located on the north and south side of US-12 and located on the east and west side of M-62. I would mow all of the grass around the signs and put down weed barrier around the signposts and under the sign to prevent grass from growing. Then I’d lay out trench edging to separate the grass from the weed barrier.

“After, I would put down some rocks or mulch or anything else you would prefer on top of the barrier to make the sign look neater and more presentable. I don’t have a date planned to do the project because of the current virus situation.”

Robbins approached Ontwa Township to get permission for his project, which must be completed before he turns 18 and will no longer be a Boy Scout. He hopes to receive final approval at the next township meeting.

“This coronavirus thing has set me back a bit,” Robbins said. “But I am slowly catching up. I think it should only take four days over two weekends. It will be me and my troop. I will hand out invitations, and if they can come, great. If not, no worries.”

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