MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/20/13) — Astronauts Neil Armstrong and James Lovell, movie director and producer Steven Spielberg and President Gerald Ford are among those attaining the status of Eagle Scout. Five young Hopkins County men joined that rank last night during a ceremony at Christ the King Church in Madisonville.
Charlie Jungblom, 18, Ches Hill, 18, Jacob Lutz, 18, Tyler Morgan, 17, and Seth Crabtree, 17, were all recognized for the completion of their projects as part of the seven requirements to earn the Eagle Scout status.
Jungblom, a Murray State University freshmen, constructed a shelter for students of Christ the King School. The project provides shelter for students from weather.
To Jungblom, the attainment of his Eagle Scout rank is about perseverance.
“It's about finishing something I started,” he said. “It takes a while to finish a project like this and you can't quit half way.”
Hill, a senior at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School, said he's gotten a lot of positive feedback about his project at Baptist Health Wellness Park.
“My project was a healing garden,” said Hill. “It involved excavating part of a hill, building a wall, putting benches in and paver stones.”
Lutz, 18, a senior at MNHHS, enhanced an Eagle project that had begun in the 1980s.
“At our church (CTK), we have Stations of the Cross,” said Lutz. “We have an altar at the top of the hill that was made when the church was built years and years ago. We did a complete renovation as it was in disrepair. We also did graveling and built a road, where before was just a path.”
Tyler Morgan, 17, a MNHHS senior, did a resealing project at his church, Green Grove Church in Providence.
“The longest part of the project was the planning,” said Morgan. “I recruited some help and we resealed the parking lot and painted the stripes for spaces. All of it depended on the weather so coordination and planning was key.”
Seth Crabtree, 17, a MNHHS senior, built a privacy fence for the Door of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Madisonville.
“It took quite a bit of fundraising because it was a vinyl fence,” said Crabtree. “We halved it because it was such a large project. We did one half one day. Then, we raised some more money and added another half to that.”
Each of the Scouts helped each other on their projects as well as recruiting help from others, said Troop No. 90 Scout Master Bill Jungblom.
“It's a valuable lesson in leadership and understanding,” said Bill Jungblom. “They help each other as they identify a project, plan it, do the fundraising utilizing leadership skills, and then apply that to the task.”
Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director
Photo by Rita Dukes Smith
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