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MOUNT WASHINGTON - As a young tike, Bullitt East sophomore Nick Chapman enjoyed exploring Mount Washington Elementary School’s arboretum, so it was rather fitting when he got to give back by doing his Eagle Scout project there last spring.
It had become overgrown, so the 16-year-old took a crew of about 11 people and they cut limbs, ripped out old plants and flowers and added new mulch. In addition, they added a bench.
“It’s important to show that you care about things,” the member of Troop 100 said.
MWES Principal Terri Lewis appreciated his efforts. She said the students are really enjoying the arboretum again.
“I appreciate all of (his) hard work,” she said. “(Former students) are coming home and taking care of us.”
Chapman said the project took him about 10 hours of planning and one day to execute.
He said his Scout Leader suggested the project to him for consideration.
“I wanted to help out the community,” Chapman said. “It’s just a matter of saying, ‘Hey, let me fix that to make it look nice,’” he said.
Chapman said he thinks volunteering is important to make the community better and to help those who can’t do it all themselves.
“It’s important to help out and be appreciative of your community,” he said.
He has been in Boy Scouts since he was about 6-years-old.
Chapman said he was originally drawn to it because of all of the activites they did such as camping, but as he’s gotten older he’s also enjoyed the leadership part too.
After graduation, Chapman plans to join the Marines and utilize all of his leadership skills there from Scouts.
“I figured if I can teach a class in the Boy Scouts I could do that somewhere else too,” he said.
Currently, he teaches an outdoors class to new scouts.