South Charlotte

Projects completed, newest Eagle Scouts announced

Colin Thompson
Colin Thompson

Here is the most recent list of Eagle Scouts and information they submitted to the Mecklenburg County Council. Information includes the Scout's name, troop number, sponsor, parents names, and, in some cases, a description of their project.

James Kyle Johns II, 45, Central Steele Creek Presbyterian, Tony Johns.

Nathan Lawrence Brown, 34, Sharon Presbyterian, Linda Brown.

Benjamin James Hunter, 17, Christ Episcopal, G. P. Hunter.

Martin William Baucom, 35, Hickory Grove United Methodist, Margie Baucom.

Connor Graham Helmendach, 35, Hickory Grove United Methodist.

Harrison Jordan Warren, 11, Providence United Methodist, Sydney Warren.

Benjamin Antonio Decker, 19, Huntersville Presbyterian, Ken and Joy Decker.

Matthew Henry Pitts, 141, Greenville Memorial AME Zion, Shawn Pitts.

Hendrik Wolthuis Tuipulotu, 236, LDS- Fort Mill Ward/Charlotte South Stake, Mo Wolthuis.

Vance Franklin Eugene Ayscue, 118, St. Stephen United Methodist, Gina Ayscue.

My project: I led a group of volunteers from my church and troop in constructing new dugouts for the softball field at Providence Baptist Church. Before we could begin building, I had to create construction drawings so the city could issue a permit. We removed the old dugouts and began construction by digging footers and pouring concrete slabs, building and roofing the structures. We finished the dugouts by installing cubbies and benches for the players.

An important thing that I learned was organizational skills and how to make the different aspects come together in order to move forward. I also learned the value of volunteers.

Matthew John Dahlem, 19, Huntersville Presbyterian, Helen Dahlem.

My project: I led construction of five picnic tables for the outside portion of my school, William Amos Hough High School. Even though the school has five lunch periods, the number of students at each period is greater than the number of seats in the cafeteria. The outside seating area had some tables but more were needed. With the help of volunteers from my troop, the lumber was cut to size, and the tables and benches were assembled on site. The project was funded by a grant from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, which I am very grateful for.

I learned that when a plan does not go as expected one should locate the error, resolve the issue and complete the task at hand.

Colin Michael Thompson, 288, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic, Clay Thompson.

My project: The project required that I develop, market and lead others in a care package drive for the United States Marines. My goal of collecting 50 care packages was accomplished. Working on this project gave me a better understanding of what it means to be charitable. For two weekends, I watched parishioners of St. Peter Catholic Church come strolling down Tryon Street with bags of sunscreen, socks, wet wipes, razors and all the other items I asked for. I was reminded that any sacrifices I have made in my young life pale in comparison to those made by our Marines.

What I had not anticipated, however, was the outpouring of emotional support. There were conversations with Marines and Marine family members who, with emotion in their voice, thanked me for what I was doing. I insisted that it is I who should be thanking them.

Samuel Bennett Guptill, 55 Myers Park Presbyterian, Kristie and James Guptill.

My project: Myers Park Traditional School had an area between the field, parking lot and school that was constantly sloppy due to weather and needed to be in better shape. This project cleaned up this area by creating a barrier between the parking lot and the playground at the school. Railroad ties were placed between the bike rack, sidewalk and landscaped area. Various plants were placed within the landscaped area to create a natural buffer between the parking lot and playground.

Planning the project is just as important – if not more important – as the execution. By establishing a sound project plan, it made all pieces of the puzzle come together.

Kenneth Lane Erwin III, 49, Back Creek ARP, Ken & Catherine Erwin.

My project: Kenneth built a 12x16-foot storage building for the Men’s Shelter on Statesville Avenue. He wanted to help the men at the shelter and they needed a shed because they were renting a storage unit. Kenneth focused on obtaining a building permit for the site from Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement, which involved providing drawings of the building and a site plan. An engineer volunteered to create the drawings. Kenneth chose to build a storage building with a partition wall so they could place paper goods on one side and garden tools on the other. The building has a concrete pad foundation and two doors. One for the front and left side for access to the building. A home construction company donated the trim for the gable under-hang and Hardie Siding for the exterior walls. With the help of volunteers from Troop 49 along with friends and neighbors, Kenneth planned fundraisers, purchased the materials, organized the work days and provided leadership at the work site.

Kenneth said “I learned from this experience that planning makes the overall project easier to handle and is a very important tool when organizing your work days. Keeping a written log of the tasks that needed to be completed along with a list of volunteers that I needed to call helped me keep track of everything. Also I had numerous changes during my construction phase so you have to be flexible and do the best you can to come up with a Plan B.”

William Thomas Reid, 118, St. Stephen United Methodist, Walter and Suzanne Reid.

My project: I renovated the basketball court, patio and seating area outside the Youth Center at Trinity Presbyterian Church. We installed a new basketball goal, power washed the entire area, repaired the cracks in the concrete, painted free throw lines on the court, rebuilt the bench, added two picnic tables, and refurbished the fireplace with a new grate, firewood and separate grill. The area is used by several groups. The main group that uses it is the youth group of the church, which uses it every Sunday for Sunday school and youth group meetings. The area is also used every day by Philip’s Academy, a school for special needs children based at the church. It also is used by community members who live in the surrounding neighborhood, including three Girl Scout troops and one Cub pack.

I learned how to manage a large-scale project that involved lots of money and people. This project had lots of new rewards and challenges that advanced my leadership skills.

Abe Loven, 7, Pineville United Methodist Church, Dean and Bridget Loven.

My project: Friendship Gardens is a community garden closely linked with Friendship Trays. This organization provides healthy food to those in the community who cannot afford it. This South Boulevard location was one of the first in the Friendship Gardens network, and it therefore was starting to fall apart. My project replaced three old garden beds with larger beds, in addition to creating a three-part composting bin.

I learned that it is important to expect the unexpected and to be flexible enough to alter my plans when necessary.