By Jack Bognar

The Eagle Scout Service Project is a requirement for Boy Scouts to attain the Eagle Scout Rank. It is the opportunity for a Boy Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community.

  1. I learned about the labyrinth’s history and its use in meditation. Labyrinths are from 2000-3000 years old all the way back to the Greeks. Through Greek Mythology, in the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, the labyrinth is described as multicursal (multiple paths and dead ends). However, most labyrinths are depicted in drawings as unicursal (one path leading to the center). Unicursal labyrinths can be used for rituals and meditation as it doesn’t require any focus, rather it allow one to clear one’s mind.
  2. I learned my project can have an impact on others and my church community. This labyrinth will bring a method of meditation that is currently unavailable to church members who have mobility issues. This labyrinth can be used indoors and is not restricted by weather conditions. I hope that the labyrinth will be regularly used.
  3. I learned to plan and prepare for a project or event. Most problems occur due to a lack of planning. It is good to have a plan because things go right (for the most part) when things are carefully thought out and calculated. Also, it is good to be prepared for when things do not go according to plan. If problems occur that you did not think of, it is good to keep a level head, solve the problem the best you can, and move on.
  4. I learned leadership skills and gained the patience to teach others. I have had many experiences working with younger scouts in my troop, but this is my first opportunity to direct adults. I am used to parents and teachers always telling me what to do but now was my turn. I am reminded that courtesy gets better results. People are always willing to help.
  5. I learned communication skills. My mom has always said that the Communications Merit Badge was the most important one to earn. Now I know she is correct. Making phone calls, sending email reminders, and meeting with adults are all needed to make sure a project succeeds.
  6. I learned how to write a budget and fundraise for the project. I researched prices online and in stores for the items needed for the project. I was surprised by the prices for some items — like the large blank canvas made in Chicago for $350. While in my troop I have earned money to pay for campouts and outings, I have never had to earn a large amount to pay for a project such as this. I am grateful for all the support of extended family, friends in scouting, and church members who have contributed to my project. I am confident that my fundraising goal will be reached.