My Name Is … Michael Perry

Teen's Eagle Scout project aims to spruce up neighborhood

Posted 10/7/19

About me I live in the Sapphire Pointe neighborhood in Castle Rock. I go to school at Castle View High School and I am a 15-year-old sophomore there. I play soccer, piano, violin and like to hang …

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My Name Is … Michael Perry

Teen's Eagle Scout project aims to spruce up neighborhood

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About me

I live in the Sapphire Pointe neighborhood in Castle Rock. I go to school at Castle View High School and I am a 15-year-old sophomore there. I play soccer, piano, violin and like to hang out with friends.

My Eagle Scout project

When thinking of my Eagle Scout project I had an idea and pitched it to a member of the homeowners association. She had another idea for one I could do, and it seemed like a better option. She suggested that I plant some bushes in a newly landscaped area that had only been filled with rocks. I planned a fundraiser that helped me earn $800 and I used it to buy over 50 plants. I recruited my mother, a designer, to draw out a landscape design, and I recruited a large group of volunteers from my church and neighborhood to come plant them. It only took about three hours to finish planting and irrigating all the plants because of all the volunteers who showed up to help. 

What I learned

I learned what it's like to be a leader, and to have to meet deadlines and schedule things long in advance. I learned how to be efficient and to get my ideas public, like when I had to get volunteers for the fundraiser and the planting day.

Why I joined the Boy Scouts

I have been in Boy Scouts since I was 11 and before that I was a Cub Scout. I do Scouting because the program was integrated into our church activities, so I joined with everyone else.

My advice

There are a couple of things that helped me finish my project that have also helped me in school. The first is scheduling. You don't need to get too wrapped up in the details at the beginning, but at least plan a date to have a certain task done, otherwise you will procrastinate and never go anywhere.

Finally, I learned not to stress too much over things you need to do, but just do what you can the best you can, and it will turn out fine if you have the commitment to see it through. 

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