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Eagle Scout Project Expands Donation Space


Construction of the new donation bin for GraceWorks West.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. One of a scout’s last steps to Eagle is to plan, develop and serve as a leader to others in a service project helpful to his religious institution, school, or community.

For his project, Cameron Swaney created a drop-off bin for GraceWorks West because he believed they were a good cause. The large blue bin allows donations of clothing and other items to be made 24-hours a day which is then sold in the Thrift Store to raise funds for programming or given to those in need.

“We needed an outdoor donation bin so neighbors could drop off items after hours,” said GraceWorks West Manager Kristin Ertel. “Many were leaving them outside our door which made them susceptible to the weather.”

Ertel shared her need for the bin with Cameron who had to begin planning, organizing and fundraising for needed materials.

“I had never built anything out of wood before like that, so that was a challenge,” said Cameron. “The basic concept of it was pretty simple. However, attempting to keep it weather sealed and sturdy was challenging. The original plan for the bin underwent many changes once I had talked with others with more experience. However, the basic concept remained the same.”

The actual construction took three days spread out over two weekends. Once completed, other members of the troop helped Cameron deliver the bin in the back of a truck.

“We now have more space for donations which will lead to an increase in the amount of items we can place in the Thrift Store for the community,” said Ertel. “More donations equal more revenue and opportunities for us to serve families in need in our community!”

Cameron would like to thank everyone that made the project possible, especially the Blattners, the Powers, his friend Elias, his Grandpa Jerry and everyone that helped load the box for transportation.

We thank Cameron for using his talents and skills to help neighbors in need in our community.

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