When Eagle Scout candidate Charles Marrder of Mt. Juliet first contacted Lebanon-based Prospect Inc., he had no idea what to expect from the service opportunity.
Marrder inquired about completing an Eagle Scout project for the non-profit and, although he knew the organization provided much-needed support services for individuals for disabilities, he could not predict the magnitude of effort, joy and fulfillment the project would ultimately represent to him.
After brainstorming ideas for the project, Marrder developed plans for a gazebo, complete with swings. With the help of scouts, volunteers and several generous donors, Marrder recently completed his project for Prospect, which bolsters a total of 229 volunteer hours.
"Every day we have people who come to the day center for activities, services and volunteering, but we have very limited resources for outside space," Prospect Director of Development Laura Swanson said. Marrder's project both fulfilled an immediate need and set the stage for future outdoor activities.
His Eagle Scout project represents the culmination of his 10 years in scouting.
"I am overjoyed knowing my decade spent with the Boy Scouts of America has concluded in cheerful service to some of the world's kindest people," Marrder said. "Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of this project, especially 5 Bravo Construction, Lebanon Distributing, Sherwin Williams, Hall Group Architecture, Lester Digital Reprographics, Fakes and Hooker Lumber, Elite Welding, Darrel Gilley Trucking, the leaders and scouts of Troop 293 and, of course, my ever-supportive parents."
Marrder is a member of Boy Scout Troop 293, which meets at College Hills Church of Christ. A 2017 graduate of Father Ryan High School, he will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.