The Cloverdale Boy Scout whose Eagle scout project ran into almost $1,000 in cost overruns needs no bailout from its chief beneficiary, Botetourt County.
That’s because some generous readers of The Roanoke Times (and my blog) have beat supervisors to the punch. And the Boy Scout in question has more than enough money to finish his project.
On behalf of Alex Norris, thank you readers. You good-hearted folks come through again and again.
In case you missed Thursday’s column: Alex, 17, is a rising senior at Lord Botetourt High. He’s been in scouts ever since he was a little kid. He belongs to Troop 136, which meets at Parkway Wesleyan Church.
He’s determined to become an Eagle scout, the organization’s highest rank, something that only about 3 percent of all Boy Scouts achieve. (I’m in the other 97 percent).
The penultimate step in making the rank is completion of an Boy-Scouts approved Eagle Scout project. The purpose is to demonstrate leadership and to benefit the community.
It involves planning, winning advance approval from the scouts and the organization that benefits, from the project, implementing it and raising all the money to pay for whatever costs are involved.
The project Alex chose was a granite marker and granite benches, to be installed in Boteourt County, honoring American troops. The estimated cost was $3,700. Alex raised that via donations, a car wash/bake sale.cookout and by selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Some late changes to the project requested by a former Boteourt County official added $990 to the cost of the project while it was underway. And that left Alex almost $1,000 in the red.
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