Burr Ridge Scout’s Eagle project beautifies church
Danny Cvengros of Burr Ridge enlisted the help of fellow Scouts and local experts to transform the dingy area near the doors of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. The project is one of the final steps toward Cvengros' Eagle Scout award. | Photo courtesy of Jane Cvengros.
Updated: December 24, 2012 1:17AM
DARIEN — The new entry to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church took just a weekend to transform, but the project has been under way for years.
It began when Danny Cvengros of Burr Ridge started dreaming of becoming an Eagle Scout.
“There was never a time when I thought I would stop Scouting,” said Cvengros, who started as a first-grader at Gower West Elementary School.
Ten years later, a formal review and interview are all that stands between the Hinsdale South junior and his goal of earning Scouting’s highest honor.
With the help of a small army of fellow Scouts, he spent a weekend turning the dingy garden outside the doors of his Darien church into a garden with new plants, a stone walkway and a bench.
“It turned out beautifully,” said the Rev. Michael O’Keefe of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
O’Keefe said he was impressed with the initiative and leadership Cvengros showed while planning and executing the project.
“He researched what kinds of plants would survive without direct sunlight,” said O’Keefe, who said the new garden is an improvement that will last for years.
Cvengros said he is proud of his accomplishment, even if it did come at one of the most stressful times of his academic career.
With preparations for the ACT exam and AP classes on his schedule, Cvengros said finding time for his project was tough.
“It was well worth it,” he said.
Along with help from his fellow Scouts, Cvengros secured about $5,000 worth of donated materials, supplies, and guidance from Hinsdale Nurseries, Tameling’s, Boeger’s Landscape Supply and Greeney Landscape.
While the church received a beautiful new threshold, Cvengros said his Eagle Scout project gave him something that will last even longer.
“I definitely learned a lot about leadership,” he said.