Darien Eagle Scout project enhances Hinsdale South’s courtyard

Joshua Lancaster of Darien Boy Scout Troop 101 will get to see the results of his Eagle Scout project often during his senior year at Hinsdale South. His improvements of the school’s courtyard were completed Saturday.

Q. When and why did you get involved in Scouts?

A. I started in Cub Scouts when I was in second grade. My grandpa was a Scout and made Eagle Scout. I sort of felt an obligation to get involved and push through and continue, but I ended up really enjoying it. I had a lot of friends who were involved when I started. A lot of them didn’t continue, but I’m really glad I did because it’s been a great experience.

Q. Were there times when you considered dropping out yourself?

A. Not really. I liked Cub Scouts was more of a learning process and hanging out with friends. Boy Scouts is when you really get to do more exciting activities and campouts.

Q. What are the most important lessons you have learned through your involvement in Boy Scouts?

A. Leadership and teamwork. The leadership is important as new scouts come in, and nothing gets done without the teamwork.

Q. Was it difficult for you to choose an Eagle Scout project you wanted to do?

A. Choosing an Eagle Scout project was one of the most difficult parts. I looked at doing something at the Morton Arboretum, but that didn’t work out. I’ve walked through our courtyard at school and thought it would be nice to do something there. I asked the principal, and he said to write up a plan.

Q. What was your plan, and were you able to execute your plan?

A. There was a cast iron bench at one end that was rusting. My plan was to take that down and put a garden in there. The other part was to put three new benches in the courtyard. We followed the plan and got the work done.

Q. How many people helped with the work, and how long did it take to complete?

A. We worked pretty fast; it took about 4 1/2 hours. There were about 20 people helping, and some were friends who were in Boy Scouts, but had dropped out. They came back to help.

Q. Are you pleased with the results of your Eagle Scout project?

A. Yes. It’s fun walking through and seeing the end result. I’m very interested to see how people like it. My sister, Brooke, is a freshman this year. She’ll get to see it, too. It feels good to make it look really nice.

Q. Are you sad that your days in Boy Scouts are coming to and end?

A. I would like to stay involved as an adult leader.

Q. What are your plans after graduating from high school next spring?

A. I hope to go to college and study mechanical or manufacturing engineering. I took a trip to Disneyworld and was impressed with the design of the big roller coasters. I’d like to design big roller coasters.

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Scout’s honor roll

Hobbies: playing chess, studying Latin

Favorite food: risotto

Favorite beverage: root beer

Favorite dessert: chocolate ice cream

Favorite candy bar: Milky Way

Favorite TV show: “The Simpsons”

Favorite band: Metallica

Would most like to visit: London, England

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