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Six students, including two from Oldham County, have been named honorary citizens of Prospect for donating their hand-crafted Boy Scout projects to the city’s Putney Pond and Woodlands.
Matthew Greene, 14, and Nick Patterson, 15, both of Goshen, were among four other scouts recognized at the city’s December meeting.
Patterson, a sophomore at North Oldham High School, collected and cut red cedar and spent his weekends building five park benches in his parents’ garage. The benches are now part of an outdoor classroom in the Woodlands.
Greene, a freshman at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, secured funding for two park benches and plans to build them in the spring.
“We’re recognizing not only what we physically see, but the time and energy that goes into these projects,” said Stuart Miles, a Prospect city councilman.
John Crowner, Max Moeller, Matthew Pearson and Matthew Vaughn, all of Louisville, were also recognized for their completed Boy Scout projects, which include hand-built bridges, benches, birdhouses and informational kiosks.
The extensive projects, which each scout planned, organized, lead, funded and managed, are a required step in obtaining an Eagle Scout ranking.
“These projects have helped the Woodlands become a real jewel of the city,” Miles said.
Lynn Granger, a Boy Scout volunteer, said the Prospect projects were designed to demonstrate a scout’s leadership in the community and took about 18 months on average to complete.
Students fundraised between $400 to $1,500 per project and designs had to be approved by both the Boy Scout council as well as the Prospect City Council, he said.
Patterson, who has been scouting since he was 6, is one step away from earning his Eagle Scout rank.
He said the scouting program is “fun, challenging and a great way to learn about responsibility.”
More than 21,000 youth in 25 counties in north central Kentucky and southern Indiana are active in the Boy Scouts of America’s Lincoln Heritage Council.
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