A late start in Scouting didn’t prevent recent Hinsdale Central grad Cam Harvey of Willowbrook from having a strong finish while completing his Eagle Scout project Saturday for Troop 97 in Darien of making six benches for the fire pit at Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills.
Q. When and why did you join Scouts?
A. I never did Cub Scouts. I didn’t know anyone involved, and at the time I wasn’t interested. I was involved in something called Indian Guides until I joined the Boy Scouts in sixth grade. Some of my friends were in Boy Scouts, so I thought it would be fun to get involved, too.
Q. Are the friends with whom you were in Boy Scouts when you first started still involved?
A. Actually, there’s only one other still involved out of the four or five. People got more and more busy with other activities and commitments. I stuck with it because I liked to hang out and go camping. I also enjoyed being a leader and meeting new people.
Q. How has being a Boy Scout helped you in being a leader?
A. There are different leadership roles. You have to set a good example for the younger kids. I think that’s very important. It is a responsibility, but I have really enjoyed that, and the things I’ve learned about leadership have carried over into every part of my life.
Q. When did you decide that you were going to pursue being an Eagle Scout?
A. I have some older friends who pursued the rank, and they encouraged me to do it. I helped my friend, Andy (Kilens) with his project, which is what led to me deciding what I wanted to do for my own Eagle Scout project. When Andy made a fire pit for the church, I knew they needed benches around it.
Q. Did you consider any other projects before deciding to go ahead with making the benches?
A. I originally planned to make an outdoor classroom for my middle school (Westview Hills in Willowbrook), but that didn’t work out, so I kept looking around for something and thought making the benches would be good idea.
Q. What was the most difficult part of your project?
A. The project itself wasn’t too difficult. The hardest part was the preparation and getting everything organized. Everything went fantastically. It took about eight hours, and I had help from 16 Scouts and five or six adults.
Q. Are you now finished with Boy Scouts?
A. I have until July 26, my 18th birthday, to get my Eagle Scout rank. There are a couple of final things I have to finish, and I’ll be done, but I want to stay active with Scouts in some way. It will be difficult when I’m away at college, but I’d really like to stay involved.
Q. Where are you going to college, and what do you plan to study?
A. I’m going to Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. I was looking for a really good engineering school out of the Midwest.
Q. When did you decided you wanted to study engineering in college?
A. Ever since I took a high school class during my freshman year. It came easy to me, and I really found it interesting.
Q. Are you excited about going away to college?
A. I’m very excited and maybe a little nervous. I’m not going to know anyone, so it’s a little intimidating. But I am really looking forward to it. It’s a beautiful area.Tags: Hinsdale Central, Willowbrook