By Jennifer Swartz
Justin Farren, a senior at Cosby High School and a member of Troop 2860, designed and constructed a sensory garden for C.E. Curtis Elementary School as part of his Eagle Scout “journey.” The project includes two sensory boards, a tree cookie walking path, and three play tables that can be filled with sand, water, or soil. The sensory boards include items that appeal to the senses and build fine and gross motor skills.
The Eagle Scout project is the capstone of a scouting journey. The scout must demonstrate leadership, proper planning, and financial responsibility, and the project must fulfill a need in the community. Justin wanted to create a project that was “different” from what others in his troop had done before him. Having volunteered for other activities at a nearby elementary school, Justin found satisfaction
seeing younger children succeed. Once he heard about a need at Curtis Elementary through his involvement in the Cosby Choral Show Choir, he began the planning process with the guidance of his Troop Eagle advisor and other troop resources. After getting approval from the administration at Curtis Elementary, he moved on to the next phase of Troop Advancement Committee approval, and finally, the District Advancement Committee. The last step in his journey to the rank of Eagle, now that the project is complete, is to go before the advancement committee and present the results. He must outline how his project progressed against his planning and also must show how he demonstrated leadership in coordinating volunteers and assigning tasks to keep the project on schedule, as well as anything that had to be changed along the way.