When Mint Hill resident Logan Burris joined Boy Scouts at age 10, he had no idea he would stick with it until he was 18. Now, as he finishes his time in Scouts, Burris is taking that final step to become an Eagle Scout – the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
“At the beginning I didn’t intend to, but I got further into it and figured I might as well put in the effort to finish it,” the homeschool student said.
Before adding to his 25 merit badges and becoming an Eagle Scout, Burris had to take key steps – plan, raise money and carry out a large-scale project. For his project, which he completed last month, Burris decided to help Christ Our Shepherd Ministries in Matthews where he built a storage shed for toys and other materials used by the nonprofit at 226 W. John St. Christ Our Shepherd works with single parents and low-income families to provide childcare, after-school care, summer camps and more. The nonprofit also houses a Christian library open to the public.
“I spoke with (Christian Library librarian) Martha Mayes … and I knew that it was somewhere I could be involved with for a while and there could be something they could need to be done,” Burris said.
According to Mayes, the organization had a need for additional storage space for toys and other materials used by their students.
So Burris spent 227 hours, spread over eight days, building the shed alongside friends, family and fellow Scouts from Troop 140 at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church. After completing the project he says the main lesson he learned was time management – especially after he waited until the final months to do the project – something he says he would change in hindsight. Scouts must complete Eagle Scout projects before turning 18.
Burris says he also learned self-discipline and leadership during his years in Boy Scouts. Those skills helped this high school junior succeed in school. On top of his homeschool education Burris also is attending Central Piedmont Community College where at the end of this semester he will have about 20 credit hours toward an associate’s business degree.
“You are learning how to be an adult at a young age and how to be more professional in life,” he said of the Scouts.
After receiving his degree from CPCC, Burris plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and continue working with his troop where he will be an assistant Scoutmaster.