Thanks to an Eagle Scout’s community project, clients of Matco Services have a more comfortable place to wait for transportation.
It’s a pair of benches, plus planter which were created with input from Matco consumers, said CEO Van Viney. They were built under the supervision of Eagle Scout candidate Max Shuff of Troop 102.
“There was a lot of input,” Viney said. “It was an excellent collaboration. Everyone helped put it together. Now people have a comfortable place while waiting for rides.”
Viney said he was approached by scoutmaster, Mark Vest, who coordinated a meeting with Shuff.
“They developed the idea on their own. He talked to my staff and came up with the idea for the bench,” Viney said.
Once the idea was approved, Shuff proceeded to line up workers to build the bench, but not before he worked out having materials donated with which to build it. Materials, including hardware and lumber, came from Holmes Lumber and Dwyer Hardware, Shuff said. The value of the materials was $285.
While Shuff said he has some experience working with wood, he is not permitted to perform the work himself. He guided others in the construction process.
“You can’t do labor. You have to lead people and order people (and) act as supervisor,” Shuff said.
Shuff estimated the project took 42 man-hours to complete and was completed over eight days, from the time he secured approval Oct. 19 until the time the last plant was placed in the planter, Oct. 27.
“It was completed the day before my 18th birthday,” Shuff said with a smile.
Shuff has had four attempts at Eagle projects before, but for one reason or another, they were not approved. He has had the requisite number of merit badges at age 14.
Despite being discouraged by the non-approvals, he hung in for one more attempt, which was approved at completed in time.
All that remains is bestowing of the medal, which not only shows achievement within the Boy Scout ranks, but also carries some weight with the military. Shuff is seriously looking at enlisting in the United States Marine Corps after graduation in June. He was told his Eagle scout rank will elevate him from private to private first class as he enters basic training.
Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.
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