4 Lake Wylie Eagle Scouts celebrate honor

From staff reportsJune 29, 2014 

— Four Boy Scouts in Troop 333 have been awarded the Eagle Scout award upon nomination by the S.C. York District Palmetto Council and the Boy Scouts of America.

The award is granted to Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves through continued service to God, country and other people by following the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and having met community service needs through voluntary actions.

• Matthew Peterson, 17, of Lake Wylie, landscaped the Lake Wylie Public Library. He planted boxwood bushes and cleared ivy from the back of the building. He put in ground cover and spread pine needles around the library. He also built a wooden bench placed in the front lawn of the library. His frequent trips to the library the past few years sparked the project idea.

With 22 volunteers accumulating 66 man hours, plus Person’s four months of planning, the project completion date was October 2013.

“Scouting has developed me as a young an and has taught me essential skills such as leadership, wilderness survival and many more life skills I will use though out my life,” he said.

• Jeff Trowbridge, 18, of Clover worked with the town of Clover to document four of six sections of graves at the Woodside Cemetery.

They recorded new information for 113 unmarked plots and 84 new plots, and updated information for 64 plots. The team took more than 2,500 pictures. They cleared away grass and debris from the headstones as needed.

The county will register the information to be accessible online, which will make it easier for Clover descendants to trace their genealogy. Trowbridge and 36 volunteers accumulated 148 man hours of work, and the Scout worked 50 hours and five months in the planning stages of his project.

“This project was important to me because it helped me realize that headstones are not forever and I was permanently preserving information and the memory of these persons,” he said. “Scouting is a chance every boy should have because it creates life-long memories and experiences that are irreplaceable.”

• Steven Truelove, 18, now lives in Summerville, but completed his Eagle project at his home church, Bethel Presbyterian Church in Clover. For his Eagle project, Truelove designed and built a series of landscaping steps on a steep hillside used as a pathway by the church to access missionary housing on the church property.

The project involved clearing the hillside of growth, debris, barbed wire fencing, and the excavation of the hillside for the timbered steps to be installed. The steps provide an extension of the bridge completed on the pathway by John Slavens and will be useful to the church for many years to come.

• John Slavens, 18, of York built a bridged walkway at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The walkway helps connect the church’s Family Life Center parking lot to activity fields and missionary housing.

The path includes a mulched and landscaped front, a bridge that covers a small creek, and a mulched area that leads into Truelove’s Eagle Scout Project. This walkway created access to the property from the parking lot, and permits easier access for a wider range of people and objects.

Troop 333 was formed in 1994 and chartered by River Hills Community Church. There are about 60 registered Scouts in the troop with 10 assistant Scoutmasters.

Troop meetings are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays on the second floor of River Hills Community Church. For more information, email Scoutmaster Matt Boepple at DCSD@comporium.net or call 704-654-1414.

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