Boy Scouts help to improve pool

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON — Jacob Carter and Jacob Franklin knew there was work to be done at the Mount Washington pool long before the city made needed repairs earlier this summer.

Franklin and Carter, both of Mount Washington and Boy Scout Troop 333, enjoyed going to the pool as young boys. Although they couldn’t make some of the most expensive repairs, they recognized a need for additional picnic tables and the restrooms to be renovated.

Those were repairs that the two Bullitt East freshman knew they could do, so they each organized and planned their individual Eagle Scout Projects around the pool.

Bullitt County Parks and Recreation Director Kendall Grant said the boys wrote for permission from the county, which owns the pool, and gladly received it.

“From what I’ve been told and what they’ve done so far, they’ve done a  good job. It’s really helping make the place look newer and nicer,” Grant said.

Franklin is working to construct two picnic tables so swimmers will have more places to sit during rest periods and while snacking . He also plans to build benches in the restroom changing stalls and install cubbies around the walls for swimmers to store their belongings.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid. I noticed when you got snacks there was no where to sit,” Franklin said.

Franklin’s project goes hand-in-hand with Carter’s, which includes turning some inoperable shower stalls into private changing areas. Carter said he wants to install new stall doors for privacy.

Carter has already completed part of his project which included painting the bathroom walls and changing out old light bulbs. He is also working on painting slip-resistant flooring in the restroom and wants to raise money to purchase a hot water heater.

“I’ve noticed the bathrooms were in bad shape. I decided I could help the community out by coming out and doing a little work,” Carter said.

Both boys agreed that after more than eight years in scouting they enjoyed giving back a lot of what they’ve learned to the community. In order to become an Eagle Scout both boys must earn 21 merit badges, remain an active scout, hold a leadership position within the troop for six months and plan a project that positively affects the community.

Grant said he was proud to have local youth help preserve a community attraction.

“I know they’ve worked hard,” he said.

Franklin and Carter agreed they wanted to continue in scouting throughout their high school careers.

“I think it’s an honor,” Carter said of scouting. “It can get you in a lot of places you’ll probably never be.”

“I want to go all the way through,” Franklin added.

Both Franklin and Carter have been collecting money and supplies from community businesses and residents in Jefferson and Bullitt Counties to complete their projects by summer’s end.

The boys said they hope to complete their requirements to become Eagle Scouts — the highest scouting rank — by December.

Any business or community member wanting to donate supplies, money or professional advice is encouraged to contact Scout Master Carl Carter at 231-4793. Donation checks can be made to BSA Troop 333 for either project.

Carter is the son of Carl and Jennifer Carter and Franklin is the son of Jamie and Penny Franklin.