So he designed a bus stop.
“I looked around and asked my troop leaders if they had ideas and someone said the Lions Club needed a bus stop to be built,” Hailey said.
The service project is one of the steps to becoming an Eagle Scout, along with earning at least 21 merit badges and serving in a leadership role in the troop, according to the National Eagle Scout Association website. Only about five percent of Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts.
Hailey’s project was chosen because it could be completed quickly because Hailey and his family are moving soon. But Hailey ran into some problems.
The plans for the bus stop weren’t available, so Hailey designed his own on AutoCAD software.
“Last year, at high school, I took architectural drafting, so I used that program to make a draft on the computer and then printed it out,” Hailey said.
Hailey visited another bus shelter and copied and modified the design, according to Troop 626 committee chair and former scoutmaster, Scott Paulsen.
“He did it all, that’s typically how these projects work,” said Paulsen. “From inception of project through its design, funding and materials. Eagle Scout projects are all about leadership.”
Paulsen added that a typical project is generally 100-200 hours of work for the scout.
The project is one of the last steps before Hailey will become an Eagle Scout. Now, he has to write up a project report and send it to the Great Alaska Council.
“And if they approve it, then that will be the last of it,” Hailey said.
Hailey, a high school junior this fall, has been in the Boy Scouts for four years. Although he can continue on in scouts, completing additional merit badges to receive Eagle Scout “palms,” he’s not sure if he will because of his family’s move.
But he knows being an Eagle Scout will improve future prospects.
“My plans have always been to go into the naval academy,” Hailey said. “And being an Eagle Scout will help me a lot.”
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