Eagle projects
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Eagle projects are activities that must be proposed, approved and completed in order to achieve the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts. They show the boy's ability to plan organize and lead a project to completion.

A lot of us have had the opportunity to participate in these projects and they are rewarding when complete. Most benefit the community at large in some way.

When reading marjhan's geeklist http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/162275/thanks-bgg-games-do... it brought back memories of my son's project. Kudo's to marjhan's son by the way.

Share the eagle projects that you have worked with and on. Be they yours, your son's, fellow scouts, etc.
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1. Board Game: House by the Cemetery [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Don Weed
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My son's project benefitted our church in Lincolnton, NC. Many years before, the church had moved from the edge of town into the town center and the old church building was torn down but the surrounding cemetery was still owned by the church and fenced in.

My son's project was to clean up the cemetery (it had gone into disrepair over the years) and map the grave sites with any information that we could gather.

The clean-up included mowing the lot (hadn't been done in a couple of years), raking old leaves (more on that later) and removal of trash.

Then the graveyard was marked off in 25' squares and mapped with the details from the gravestones marked on the maps.

Some interesting details emerged as this was done:

1) once it was mown, in the lower area a 'potters field' was found. Gravesites could be seen because of depressions in the soil but either no gravestones existed or were only an ordinary rock at the upper end. Persons that were too poor for a funeral were probably buried here.
2) There were a LOT of graves with the death date of 1918. Most likely due to the influenza epidemic that year. The disease was known as "The Spanish Lady" or Spanish Flu.
3) One grave site was found in two different places with the same person and dates on both. This cemetery had been prone to vandalism at one time (thus the chain link fence) and an attempt had been made to restore some of the markers in the 1960s. It was our guess that this marker had been vandalized and replaced by relatives of the departed but the broken one was later repaired and stood where it was found. Probably had been discarded at the edge of the cemetery.
4) While raking leaves, new grave sites were revealed that probably had not seen the light of day for decades. The most sobering ones were the two small graves beside a mother all with the 1918 dates on them. The smaller graves were level with the surface and were buried under about 3" of soil. Nobody had remembered they were there.
5) a few of the unmarked gravesites were even found outside the fence of the graveyard. Small stones and oblong depressions gave them away once the weeds were cut back.

While we were working on it a good portion of the surrounding neighborhood came out to tell their stories of the graveyard and commented how wonderful it looked. Brought us lemonade too!

The maps were completed and compiled and given to the church. They did not have such a thing previously. It really felt like we had accomplished something when finished.
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Well, at the county fair you can be sure they are hitched to the hitching rail I built for my Eagle Project. There have been a lot of cool Eagle Projects out at our County Fairgrounds...and a lot of those cool projects have been torn down or replaced, meanwhile, my welded steel beam stays fixed to the building and reliably keeps those bovine in place.

I had lots of fun doing this, especially when we dug into a water pipe when digging the post holes.
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