In a presentation to the council, Community Relations and Communications Director Grant Hickey said the city has recorded 152 Eagle Scout projects since the inception of the city, but that number is most likely not exhaustive.
“We believe that this number represents just a portion of the projects that take place across the city,” he said.
These projects have taken place at places of worship, libraries, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, parks, schools and other miscellaneous locations across the city.
A major part of the Eagle Scout process is learning to plan and execute a service project, and Hickey said this is one way the young men learn leadership principles.
“They have to do a project management plan, and that’s what being an Eagle Scout really is,” he said. “Building a project from the planning portion to executing the plan ... That’s how we get leaders.”
Based on an average of 200 hours per project, the Eagle Scouts have donated 30,400 volunteer hours and have raised about $159,970 for their projects.
“This dollar amount is what the Eagle Scouts have raised, none of this is from the city,” Hickey said. “This is all dollars that they go out, generate and put these into place … It’s quite a benefit to the city and it’s quite a task for the Eagle Scouts.”
Again, this number is most likely not exhaustive, Hickey and councilmembers pointed out, and the actual benefit the Eagle Scouts have been to the city may never be adequately quantified.
“We just continue to be amazed by the volume as well as the quality of the young men and women of this city,” said Mayor Mike Bodker of the Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.