Covenant Day brothers honored as Eagle Scouts
The Hutchinsons of Matthews recently welcomed two Eagle Scouts into the family.
Brothers Travis, 18, and Spencer, 16, both recently completed their Eagle Scout projects and have received the highest Boy Scout honor. Travis and Spencer are both members of Christ Covenant Church-based Troop 413 and attend Covenant Day High School.
The goal of the Eagle Scout project is to challenge Scouts to tackle a major endeavor that will not only give back to the community, but demonstrate leadership as well. Through the project, Scouts must show proficiency, organization, a willingness to take charge and a combined use of learned skills.
Travis decided to use his project to give back to an organization that gave him so much: Christ Covenant’s SOAR Sports. Travis began work on a 10-by-12 shed used to store baseball and flag football equipment. The shed was designed with a roll-up door that allows a golf cart to fit inside as well.
Over the course of about nine months, Travis worked diligently on the shed. He recruited about 25 volunteers, many of which were fellow troop members and Scout officers. They worked on the architecture and used computer-aided design to create a blueprint for the shed.
Then, it was off to work. Travis received about $3,000 in donations from families of SOAR Sports and Duke Energy, which covered much of the construction cost. However, the most challenging part was dealing with the weather.
“We had days that we had to end (work) early because of ice,” Travis said. “We had to just cut some days short. That was probably the biggest setback, I guess.”
The project was completed in March 2011 after Travis put in a total of 435 work hours. He officially received his Eagle Scout Award on July 21, 2011.
After observing the hard work and success of his brother, Spencer decided to begin working on his Eagle Scout project the following fall. Although he still had two years to complete the project, the sophomore wanted to get it done so he could enjoy his final two years of high school.
“I wanted to get (the Eagle project) over with so I would be able to distribute time to my other activities instead of focusing all my attention on getting Eagle and just being really stressed about it,” he said.
Spencer chose to build a keystone retaining wall at Warner Park, the athletic park where he had often played baseball. The wall helps with drainage around the baseball field and alleviates erosion, while adding an aesthetically attractive element to the park.
Spencer began working on the project in October and completed it in November. The most difficult part, he said, was writing a 17-page outline of the project, which he submitted to the Scout office. Spencer had two days to complete the design before submitting the paper, but after just two weeks after turning in the write-up, he received a thumbs-up from the Scout council.
For about two months, Spencer and a dozen volunteers worked to build the wall using cinder blocks, and unclog the drains nearby. After a total of 122 work hours, Spencer completed the project at the end of November. He received his Eagle Scout Award last month.
At the time of completion, it didn’t really sink in for Spencer that he had created something significant.
“You don’t actually see the impact of it, like, directly,” he said. “My Scout master and rank advancement chairman went over to the project one night after Scouts and looked at it and said, ‘Wow, this is a really great project.’ That’s sort of when it clicked. I’m definitely satisfied now.”
Travis and Spencer both started as Cub Scouts around age 6. The brothers say they’re grateful for what they’ve learned from the experience.
“You may be done playing soccer when you’re done with high school, but you’re going to be an Eagle Scout forever,” Travis said. “It’s something that people see, and they hold you to a higher standard.”
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