Eagle Scout project benefits local wildlife center

By on May 17, 2014

ELBURN—After volunteering at the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn, Joshua Yeggy, a Boy Scout of Elburn Troop 7, decided that he wanted his Eagle Scout Service Project to help beautify the garbage and waste disposal area at the Elburn Forest Preserve, where the center is located.

Yeggy will be a senior at Kaneland High School this fall, and has been involved with the Boy Scouts since he was a Tiger Cub in grade school.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to lead my fellow Scouts in creating this project,” Yeggy said. “This experience has greatly helped my leadership skills develop.”

Yeggy also felt that the Fox Valley Wildlife Center was very deserving of this project. Teresa Yeggy, Joshua’s mother, explained why her son felt passionate about choosing the center for his service project.

“Joshua had volunteered there in the past and felt they deserved something for all the work they do rehabilitating wildlife,” Teresa said. “They’ve rescued and helped many animals that would otherwise have no place to go.”

Josh had to accomplish a good amount of planning and organizing in order to make his service project a reality. He had to first identify the project, draft a proposal that had to be approved by the Boy Scout council, and conduct a fundraiser to cover all of the expenses, and coordinate the work at the construction site.

The Eagle Scout Service Project is meant to grow and develop the Scout’s leadership skills. Yeggy didn’t have experience designing different projects, but that wasn’t the point. He developed leadership skills that he otherwise wouldn’t have without completing his project.

As a part of Yeggy’s project, he was assigned an Eagle councilor and a technical advisor. The Eagle councilor helped him develop the leadership skills he needed, and advised him on how to stay on track with the project. The technical advisor instructed Yeggy on the specific steps he needed to know in order to design the dumpster corral and the design for the recycling part of it.

On the day they built the dumpster corral and the recycling section, Kane County Landscaping Material & Supply, Inc., donated a total of 3 tons of gravel at no charge, and Paisano’s Pizza and Grill in Elburn donated pizza for the entire crew.

“As Joshua’s mother, I really appreciate all of the work that Elburn Troop 7 does for the boys and the community,” Teresa. “Kane County Landscaping not only donated two tons of gravel, but they came through with an additional ton when it was needed at the last minute.

“Paisanos donated close to $100 in pizza for all the workers, which was no small feat. Thank you to all of the family, Troop, and community members that helped Joshua make this a successful project.”