Frederick Edwards ’18 received Eagle Scout honors, the highest rank attainable in the scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. He built benches for the playground at the Bucks County Homeless Shelter for his Eagle Scout service project because he saw so much need there.
“I thought about the benches when they told me they were getting new playground equipment,” Frederick explained. “The shelter director liked the idea and we decided to paint the benches to match the new playground equipment.”
Before Frederick could start, he went through a planning and approval process that took months. With the approval in hand, he worked with a team to build and paint four benches. He made two adult-sized benches and two children-sized benches. Scoutmaster Dave Clark of Troop 29 of Newtown, Pennsylvania, supervised the project.
When Frederick recently visited the playground, he was happy to see that the benches were in regular use by the residents of the shelter.
“Being an Eagle Scout has always been a goal of mine,” said Frederick. “I started earning badges that were required for Eagle when I was eleven-years-old. Being an Eagle Scout means so much to me, and it feels very rewarding knowing that I have achieved my goal.”