Eagle Scout project helps Cutherbertson High senior live the Boy Scout motto
Scott Schallau took the Boy Scout motto “be prepared” and the slogan “do a good turn daily” to new heights when he designed an outdoor classroom as part of his Eagle Scout project. His 273 hours of planning, creativity, leadership, and “sweat equity” benefitted more than 700 students and faculty at Waxhaw’s Kensington Elementary.
When Scott put out the word that he was looking to work on a project that would benefit many for years to come, Kensington’s Principal Dr. Rachel Clarke, together with fifth-grade teacher Glen Barron, jumped at the chance.
“This is our second outdoor classroom,” Barron explained. “But this one is even better.” After walking around the school campus with Barron and identifying a spot near the woods at Twelve Mile Creek, Schallau took over from there.
Managing all aspects of project management from funding to planning to actual construction from mid-August to mid-September, Schallau had a huge say throughout the process.
“The project cost $300 total, and I was able to get extra money from mowing lawns and from my grandmother,” he said. Additionally, Schallau reached out to groups like Lowes Hardware, which donated additional funds for materials.
The end result was an innovative outdoor classroom set in the woods with a view of the creek—complete with bench seating and a white board—inspired by a similar setting Schallau had seen in Alabama.
“It allows everyone including teachers to get good use out of it,” Schallau said. “The classroom is very versatile and can be used for much more than just science. You can use it for everything from daily journaling to studying the evolution of trees, woods, creek and even art.”
Schallau has been scouting since kindergarten, and credits the organization with giving him the opportunity to participate in incredible adventures like eco-diving and deep sea fishing from a sailboard off the Florida Keys. He also thanks the Boy Scouts for helping him to fit in shortly after his move from Alabama to North Carolina.
“When I moved we found Troop 53,” Schallau recalled. “It was a good fit, and it was good to have people with whom I had things in common during that awkward middle school age.”
The classroom has been a huge hit, according to Barron, and Schallau is pleased with the final results. Now Schallau is gearing up for his next big adventure, college, with hopes of attending eitherUNC-Wilmington, ECU or UNC-Charlotte.