Boy Scout Gives Back to Miramonte with Eagle Project


The new boards are effective in keeping out unwanted garbage and pests, and are especially spirited with their bright green color.

Jackie Steele, Staff Writer

For over a century now, the Boy Scouts of America have been committed to youth development and leadership by striving to instill responsibility and work ethic into each scout.

So when senior Alexander Jorgensen of Troop 237 began to make plans for his final and most difficult task he has faced as a scout, he knew that he wanted his Eagle Scout project to leave a lasting impact on his community.

Jorgensen decided to build wooden covers for the sandpits at the track in order to keep dirt and garbage from getting in to the long jumpers’ haven.

“I wanted my project to be something that could benefit the school for years to come,” Jorgensen said. “I also had seen the garbage that was littered throughout the pits in the offseason, and it wasn’t ideal conditions for long jumpers to compete in.”

The track team is already reaping the benefits of the newly completed project. “It’s great to know that the sand pits won’t have any garbage or even something dangerous like glass in them that could really hurt someone,” senior long jumper Brian De Luna said.

In order to receive approval for his project, Jorgensen gave a presentation to the Miramonte Boosters’ Club detailing costs and the stages of his project, and was able to get partial funding for materials. He then measured the dimensions of the sand pits and cut the covers themselves, attaching them with hinges. He applied two coats of primer and two coats of waterproof finish to all five of the 9×4 foot boards.

Jorgensen found that the most difficult parts of completing his project were mostly related to time constraints. In order to reach Eagle Scout, projects must be complete (paperwork included), by midnight of the Scout’s 18th birthday.

Each Eagle Scout must complete 11 required merit badges, which include First Aid, Camping, Citizenship in Community and Citizenship in the World and Personal Management, and also at least ten additional merit badges of their choice.

Additionally, the project required a major time commitment, and Jorgensen estimates that in all, he and fellow boy scouts of his troop, as well as his family, spent 170 hours on the project.

“I finished my project with two days to spare,” Jorgensen said. “It was a lot of pressure to finish, especially with all the paperwork and preparing for finals to top it all off, but knowing I was finally done in time was such a relief.”

Despite the various challenges, Jorgensen enjoyed being able to use power tools to cut the wood, the process of building and putting together the covers and the sense of independence and responsibility it gave him.

“Getting to construct and create the boards themselves was a definite highlight, and it was great to see the project through each stage, start to finish,” Jorgensen said.

Once a pinewood derby racing Cub Scout, Jorgensen has matured through his experiences as a Boy Scout, and is proud to be able to call himself an Eagle Scout.

“This is absolutely one of the biggest accomplishments I will achieve throughout my life,” he said. “After all the work, I know that the last 11 years I’ve been a part of BSA have really been worth it.”