Shaler Area student attains Eagle Scout rank
Friday, November 22, 2019 | 12:01 AM
Shaler Area senior Nick Taylor may recall the approximately 150 hours he spent on his Eagle Scout project every time he attends his family’s Ross church.
He built outdoor seating at Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church across from a hall where Narcotics Anonymous, Meals on Wheels, Toastmasters, Scouts and other civic organizations meet. Taylor, 18, of Glenshaw, said he was inspired to construct two wooden, weather-resistant benches after seeing people sitting outside on milk crates because the area lacked other seating.
“I also cleaned up an overgrown area across from the hall by removing weeds, branches and rocks. I also put down two tons of gravel, and I put down two benches for people to sit on and enjoy,” he said.
Furthermore, his family and fellow Troop 2560 members assisted him in building a church exit sign featuring a changeable board.
“It is a good place for people to have one-on-one conversations, a break area for Meals on Wheels workers and volunteers and a rest stop for people who walk or run up and around the property. The sign is a friendly addition as people leave the property,” said Rev. Heather Lubold, pastor at Berkley Hills.
Taylor officially received his Eagle Scout rank in October.
“This project continues a lifetime of Nick and his family volunteering at church and maintaining the property,” Lubold said. “We are most grateful for his efforts and the Eagle Scout Award is well-deserved.”
Taylor started the assignment in May and devoted time around his work schedule at the Glenshaw McDonald’s to the project.
Taylor’s father, Stephen, is his scoutmaster. He, along with his wife, Mary, secured a $250 Thrivent Financial grant for the church improvements.
Lubold has known Taylor for almost 16 years and has seen him active in the church youth group, confirmation program, mission trips and national youth gatherings.
She said that a few years ago, during a West Virginia mission trip, he used his carpentry skills to build a floor for a family in need of home repairs.
“It was to the point that someone’s foot and leg actually went through the old floor, which just opened up to the ground below. Once they replaced the structure and subflooring, Nick got to work laying the new floor. He was very exacting and careful to make sure it was well done and completed before we left.”