Troop 900 Eagles!
Eagle Scout Leads the Way to
Aiding Food Bank
By Carol Bailey
Scout Joe O., of Troop 900, proved that he has insight and
leadership skills recently when he came up with a unique idea that
would help him, and his Scout troop, as well as Prince George County
Food Bank. Tuesday, April 22, 2003 the project was moved into place
and Joe, as well as his troop members and troop leaders, felt a
sense of accomplishment for a job well done.
It began ‘when Clay Garrett, head volunteer at the Food Bank,
mentioned to Joe that the Food Bank needed more shelving for storing
canned goods. Joe, who is a ninth grader, and has helped stack
canned goods at the Food Bank, picked up on that need, and began to
make plans to build those shelves with his fellow Scouts.
Many people became involved, and the first one
was Mr. F., who made a prototype for
| the Scouts to
use. The shelves had to be of certain dimensions to fit the space,
and they also had to be movable, for plans call for the Food Bank to
eventually move into larger quarters in the future. Fetty designed
two units of shelves.
Joe then organized four different work sessions, and different
Scouts worked at different times. They worked at Mr. Warren J.’s
place, for he had the tools and the experience that the Scouts
needed for this project. The shelves were cut out, put together
sanded, and eventually finished with a pine stain. Each unit was 80
inches tall, and 3linches wide. Assistant Scout leaders George
(Ralph) O. and (Scoutmaster) Charlie V. helped with their advice and
In order to meet the requirements for Eagle
Scout, young Joe must now submit a formal report of
Troop 900 helped the efforts of the Prince George Food Bank
recently. Pictured above: (front row) Joe O., Kevin F., Chris F., Victor
B., Warren J., (second row) J.C. B., Joel B., Thomas V., Ralph O. (third
row) Lowell F., Aaron C., Thomas G., Mr. F., Charles V..
project to the district council and then to the next level for
approval. Pictures of this project will also be submitted.
Becoming an Eagle Scout is not a particularly
easy task. The first difficult goal to meet is to complete all of
the merit badges. A quick glance at Joe’s badge sash confirms that
he has done that. The project that all Eagle Scouts must do is to
organize, design and complete a community project, exhibiting
leadership skills. The shelf project that Joe organized, designed
and completed is
|the perfect kind of
project that communities need. Eleven of the participants in Joe’s project
certainly learned woodworking and carpentry skills, all of which
will prove helpful when they are adults.
The Food Bank will use these much - needed shelves, and there
will be extra space for more canned goods now that these shelves are
Joe O. will soon rank as an Eagle Scout in Troop 900, which meets
at Gregory Memorial Church, and he already has ranked as an Eagle
Scout in the eyes of the community.
Scout Records Books for Kids
Project aimed at
helping students read better
By Carol Bailey
The tall, blond junior of Prince George High School has strong feelings
about children who don't enjoy reading because it's difficult for
Thomas, a member of Boy Scout Troop 900, which
is sponsored by Gregory Memorial Church, is determined to do
something about this situation. So, with the help of two media
specialists at Beazley and Walton, respectively, he decided to make
his Eagle Scout project one that would help children who find
reading a difficult task.
He plans to record five hooks on CDs and
donate them to the
|Walton and Beazley
libraries. He will go to the Public Broadcas-ting system
studios in Richmond to do the recordings, and then they will edit
them using their high tech equipment. The final product will have
stories appropriate for elementary students, for both media
specialists helped with the selection of books.
They will be great for students in early
kindergarten to the third grade. These books will also be on the
Accelerated Readers Program.
“Hopefully this will help them with teaching
phonics, for when you hear someone speak, you pick up the vowel
sounds” Thomas stated. He is a member of the National Honor Society,
the Beta Club, and the Stream team. Spanish is his favorite
Thomas plans his reading CDs with Walton’s Jamie Westbay. This is an Eagle
Scout project for Thomas, a member of Troop 900 in Prince George.
subject, and he is on the wrestling
team, and spring track, throwing the shot putt and the discus.
Since he lives in” the boonies (his words
exactly), he reads when he has free time, and he enjoys hiking and
His troop is planning a 6o mile hike on the
Appalachian Trail over spring break, and he is excited about that.
|Thomas is the son of
Charles and Gayle, and he has an older brother, Charlie, who
is studying film production at the International Academy of Design.
This active scout of six -years hopes to go to
college and study geophysics, and -eventually do research. He thinks
perhaps Virginia Tech might be the place to go.
This Eagle Scout project reflects Thomas’s
commitment to education.
Eagle Scout helps CARES shelter with project
Using the Theme of
the Three Little Pigs, he constructed three different stages…
By Carol Bailey
Eagle Scouts are very inventive people
who complete wonderful projects while demonstrating leadership
Thomas G., a senior at Prince George High School, recently
completed a construction project, with the help of his Boy Scout
Troop 900, that will bring joy to little children, and hope to older
“When looking for a project to do,” explained Thomas, son of Greg
and Connie G., “I contacted Dr. Holvar Olsen, who is director of
CARES, which is an emergency shelter for battered women in this
area. CARES stands for Crisis Assistance Emergency Response Shelter
.He suggested that I build a puppet stage for the little children
who accompany their mothers to the shelter.”
Using the theme of The Three
Little Pigs, he constructed three
different stages, made of wood, with two sides
that fold back, so a small child can get behind the third
board to work the puppets. Each stage has a small window in it, and
his mom stitched curtains for the windows.
Thomas explained, “Each one is like one
of the houses of the Three Little Pigs. We bought wood slabs and
glued those on one to make a house of straw, and the next one we
purchased some bamboo place mats that we could wire on, so that one
looks like a house of sticks. The third one was painted Colonial Red
so it looks like bricks,” he added.
Thomas continued, “These three stages had to be light weight, and we
had to flatten the heads of the screws, so the children wouldn’t get
cut when using them, and they had to fold, for easy storage and
transportation. Each one is about four feet high,” he added.
The stages were given to the CARES house in Petersburg on Thursday,
April 29. The troop and Thomas presented them to Dr. Olsen for the
Thomas G. recently completed a construction project at CARES.
Dr. Olsen plans to display the stages this summer at the Peanut,
Pine and Pork Festival in the booth that will provide information
for the home and hopefully earn donations to help run the home.
Thomas, who has been a Scout for years, is a
member of the Order of the Arrow, which is an organization within
the Scouts that honors campers of the first rank.
His love is this kind of project, for he admitted that he loves
building things. He figures that he and the other 15 boys spent
three Saturdays working about four hours each day to complete the
|His parents bought the supplies, and they worked at his parents shop
on South Crater Road.
Thomas also built
his own truck, and he loves to drive his Dixie ‘83 ski boat during
the warm weather.
Thomas plans on attending Richard Bland next year, and to hold a job
This special Eagle project will delight the children at the CARES
center, and help ease some of the worry from those seeking to better