GALLIPOLIS — On a stormy Monday evening, the clouds and rain parted long enough for the ribbon cutting of Isaiah Stinson’s Eagle Scout Project – a pollinator garden on Fourth Avenue across from Washington Elementary. This was done in partnership with Gallipolis in Bloom, and funded through various organizations.
This is not the first time Boy Scout Troop #200 has partnered with GIB. In the same location, Troop #200 constructed a community garden last year, providing raised boxes and a clean area for the community to come together. Stinson’s project has enhanced this area substantially, with the addition of benches and numerous more plants.
“We did these plants because it will allow more butterflies and bees to pollinate, which is a good thing” said Stinson. GIB coordinator Kim Canaday explained that 75 percent of all vegetation in the world relies on pollination – a lack thereof would be detrimental to humanity.
The Eagle Scout Rank is the highest honor the Boy Scouts of America will bestow on its members. The requirements span several years, a need to understand self discipline, develop leadership skills, and demonstrate exceptional character. Less than 2 percent of all boys that join a troop will earn the rank. Only boys under the age of 18 can earn it, many fail due to this age requirement.
One of the last requirements on the path to Eagle is a substantial project the demonstrates leadership skills and benefits the community. Typical projects span about 100 hours of work, Stinson’s spanned from Jan. 23 through June 5 and a total of 97.5 hours worked. Stinson had the help of 15 scouts, several friends, family, and other parents and leaders in Troop #200.
Stinson will still have to go through a rigorous review process covering everything during his time in scouting in order to earn his Eagle, but is confident in his work here.
“It helps advance you in life and learn good leadership skills,” he said.
Stinson, who hopes to go on to college after high school, planned and coordinated the labor and efforts of constructing the new pollinator garden. He was grateful to GIB for their assistance.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.