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2019 Eagle Scouts

By Celeste McNeil; courtesy photos

Andrew Short

Andrew Short, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Castle Pines

Short organized a beautification project for the schoolyard, including planting shade trees near the field.

Photo Austin Coudeyras

Austin Coudeyras, Troop 316
Beneficiary: Cherokee Ranch & Castle, Sedalia

Coudeyras’ project involved renovating and rearranging the amphitheater benches, including construction of some new benches and rehabilitating multiple benches along some of the Ranch’s upper trails.

Photo Brandon McNeil

Brandon McNeil, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Tennyson Center for Children, Denver

McNeil painted and refreshed the stage area at the Tennyson Center. The space is used for school performances, assemblies and fundraising functions.

Photo Ryan Tierney

Ryan Tierney, Troop 637
Beneficiary: CALF Lowell Ranch

Tierney improved a historic barn by walling off and insulating classroom space. His project consisted of framing and sheeting two new walls, insulating all four walls of the new room, sheeting and installing and painting beadboard throughout and installing two doors and window and door moldings.

Photo Carter Burns

Carter Burns, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Colorado Muslim Community Center, Aurora

Burns organized the outdoor clean up of three abandoned tennis courts which had extensive weeds and tree debris, as well as installed two new basketball hoops to make the courts usable in some way.

Photo Colin Venable

Colin Venable, Troop 316
Beneficiary: United Methodist Church, Castle Rock

Venable’s project involved reestablishing grade and stopping erosion on a hillside, along with creating a wildflower area for the United Methodist Church in Castle Rock.

Photo Dominic Cowan

Dominic Cowan, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Castle Pines

Cowan’s project rehabilitated several well-used and loved aspects of the school grounds, including picnic tables, amphitheater, and garden area. His project focused on cleaning and re-staining wood surfaces to protect from the elements, ensuring usability in the future.

Photo Ethan Short

Ethan Short, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Castle Pines

Short organized improvements to the existing schoolyard by building a walking path from the bus loop to the garden and outdoor classroom area.

Photo Jack Benson

Jack Benson, Troop 365
Beneficiary: There With Care

Benson organized a community donation drive and assembled activity kits for teenage boys who are hospital bound due to prolonged or critical illness. Items collected included small, hands-on games and fidget manipulatives, card games, books and other similar activities. Benson more than doubled his goal of 20 kits and delivered 45 to There With Care, making it the largest Eagle project for the organization to date.

Photo Jonathon Werner

Jonathon Werner, Troop 316
Beneficiary: Cherry Hills Community Church, Highlands Ranch

Werner installed three gardens in the Cherry Hills Community Church memorial area.

Photo Kendall Meibos

Kendall Meibos, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Douglas County School District Mental Health and Wellness Department, Castle Rock

Meibos created more than 1,000 calming jars/I-Spy jars to be distributed to students with anxiety and depression. Additionally, Meibos gave several speeches to district employees about his own struggle with anxiety and the benefit of using the jars he created. His project is one of eight being considered by the Denver Area Council for Eagle Scout Project of the Year.

Photo Kian Olsen

Kian Olsen, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Castle Pines

Olsen designed and installed a life-size chess board using concrete pavers and 12- to 16-inch tall weather-resistant plastic chess pieces in the schoolyard.

Photo Kyle Dawson

Kyle Dawson, Troop 316
Beneficiary: Chatfield Reservoir, Littleton

Dawson’s project involved constructing and placing new bird houses following some major construction at Chatfield Reservoir to assist with re-establishing the birds habitat that was disrupted by the construction project.

Photo Lance Christensen

Lance Christensen, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Timber Trail Elementary School, Castle Pines

Christensen cleaned and re-stained wood fences and re-painted the red fire lines in front of the school.

Matthew Hardin
Troop 365
Beneficiary: Rocky Heights Middle School, Highlands Ranch

Hardin organized a Stop the Bleed trauma training course for school staff. Hardin additionally made ten Stop the Bleed kits for distribution throughout the school and worked with the school nurse to ensure first aid kits were up-to-date.

Photo Neal Van Houten

Neal Van Houten, Troop 637
Beneficiary: Legacy Village Senior Living, Castle Pines

Van Houten built a stage, which can be taken apart for easy storage, to be used repeatedly. The residents have used it for luncheons, and a fashion show.

Photo Caleb Parcells

Caleb Parcells, Troop 316
Beneficiary: Bear Canyon Elementary School, Highlands Ranch

Parcells rehabilitated a previous Eagle Scout project by refurbishing three picnic tables at an elementary school playground.

Photo Sean Sayeedi

Sean Sayeedi, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Castle Pines

Sayeedi built and installed a weather station in the school yard. The weather station includes a hygrometer, barometer, thermometer, a display case with weather related information and a weathervane.

Photo Wyatt Burns

Wyatt Burns, Troop 365
Beneficiary: Colorado Muslim Community Center, Aurora

Burns restored an outside wall which leaked water into the daycare area inside. His project stripped the damaged wood, resealed, primed and painted the damaged wall. Additionally, his project removed faulty window frames, resealed them and built new frames to keep water out.

Photo Michael Perry

Michael Perry, Troop 760
Beneficiary: Sapphire Pointe neighborhood, Castle Rock

Perry fundraised money to beautify the entrance of the neighborhood. He organized the purchase and installation of dozens of plants and shrubs which were planted by 35 volunteers.

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