Seventeen-year-old Richard Ley, an Eagle Scout candidate from Palmyra Indiana, proved that it takes more than just knowing the Scout Oath and preparation as he demonstrated his leadership skills March 23. Ley led 16 other volunteers in an improvement project he planned at Georgetown Rainbow’s End Child Care Center to complete his Eagle Scout Service Project. The required project emphasizes his intention to give leadership to others through proper planning and development. The group painted two classrooms, two bathrooms and contributed part of their day’s work to cleaning up debris, trash and landscape outside the facility.
Ley recruited volunteers from his troop, friends and family, and secured donations for nearly all the supplies needed to ensure that the job was done right.
“Parents want the best for their child, so painting the four rooms and making sure they were done right was a challenge, but with the help of adult volunteers, I believe it turned out perfect,” said Ley. “We also turned over the rubber mulch in the play area to prevent water build-up, cleaned up tree branches, and removed trash from a fence row next to the building to make sure there is no hazard to the children.”
In addition to developing, leading and executing the community project to fulfill his Eagle Scout Service Project, Ley was also tasked with earning 21 merit badges, while demonstrating leadership qualities during his tenure with the Boy Scouts (Lincoln Heritage Council number 205).
“Scout groups and the volunteer work they have completed for us throughout the years have been a huge benefit to Blue River,” said Lea Mosier, properties manager for Blue River Services, who organized the volunteer work. “They put a lot of effort into planning these projects, and it shows in their work. It is a pleasure to help them develop the leadership skills they need through these partnerships.”