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  • For his Eagle project, Patrick Oliver led a team that beautified a portion of the Cape St. Claire beach area in November.
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    For his Eagle project, Patrick Oliver led a team that beautified a portion of the Cape St. Claire beach area in November.
  • Patrick Oliver (right) assigned one group to plant native grasses, one to spread mulch, and one to bag leftover waste and debris.
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    Patrick Oliver (right) assigned one group to plant native grasses, one to spread mulch, and one to bag leftover waste and debris.

Eagle Scout Project Benefits Cape St. Claire Beach

Sharon Mager
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December 6, 2017

Patrick Oliver, a member of Boy Scout Pack 2214 in the process of earning the rank of Eagle, led a group of volunteers in fortifying and beautifying a portion of the Cape St. Claire beach area in November. Oliver oversaw the task of removing invasive plants and replacing them with native grasses.

“I came up with the idea for the project in June when our troop was running the dunk tank at the annual Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival,” Oliver explained. “While we were working to raise funds for the troop, Patrick Marsh, my scoutmaster, pulled me aside and pointed out that the area around the dunk tank on the left side of the park could use some work.”

Oliver took note of the weeds around the beach area. “I did some sketches and some observations as [Patrick Marsh] requested,” he said, “and we agreed that this would be a good idea for a service project for Eagle rank.”

Oliver presented the idea to the Cape St. Claire Improvement Association (CSCIA) and members happily approved. Oliver said it was a “sizeable project.”

“A lot of the native species were dead and not holding sand, thus contributing to the erosion,” he clarified. “The main tasks were to clear out the area of dead native species and the invasive plants, spread mulch along the outside of the area, and replant with fresh native grasses.”

Eagle Scouts, in an effort to learn and exhibit leadership skills, are supposed to oversee their projects, not actually do the physical labor, Oliver explained. “I delegated different tasks to different groups of scouts and helpers. For example, toward the end of the project, I assigned one group to planting the native grasses, one to spreading mulch along paths, and one to bagging up leftover waste and debris.”

Marsh was proud of how Oliver excelled in his leadership role. “Patrick guided and directed his scouts, community members and midshipmen through the tasks and gave each team a responsibility and area to work on,” he said.

Patrick Oliver’s father, John, said his son has always been goal-oriented and driven. All of his scout ranks, merit badges and achievements have been self-directed and accomplished, he said. “Both Randi [his mother] and I are proud of his accomplishments thus far,” John said, “and we look forward to what he will achieve in the future.”

Though the project’s primary benefit is for erosion control, the project added to the beautification of the area. “The removal of the invasive plants allows for a better view of the beach from the park,” Oliver said. “The mulch paths also provide multiple ways of direct access to the beach without damaging any plants cutting through dangerous rocks.”

Marsh said only 4 percent of Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

“I'm very proud of Patrick's development over the last three years, as I watched him go from being a follower and then becoming a young leader in the troop and community,” said Marsh. “His communications skills are really developed for a scout of his age. He's able to network with other organizations and scouts quite well, and he's currently applying to be a foreign exchange student next year. He’s also successful in high school sports and extracurricular activities."


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