Jacob Barnes, a Junior at Firelands, officially received the Eagle Scout Award during a ceremony held at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. The Eagle Court of Honor presented the award on May 18, 2014.
To qualify a scout must demonstrate citizenship, caring for his community and others, show leadership qualities, and outdoor skills that show his self-sufficiency and ability to overcome obstacles. Only 4% of Scouts rise to this level of achievement.
For Jacob’s Eagle project, he renovated Park Avenue United Methodist Church’s downstairs Sunday School rooms into one larger room. The project was first brought to his attention when he went for a service that was held at the church. He noticed a large hole in the dividing wall between the two Sunday school rooms that needed fixed. Instead of just repairing the one room, the decision was made to make one larger room. Jacob led scouts and other adults for a total of eighty-nine man-hours in tearing down the old dividing wall and creating a new larger room. The remaining walls were repaired and repainted along with the ceiling. This larger room can now be used for group meetings and activities such as the annual church bazaar. After the project was completed he later went back to help lay new carpeting for the room.
Jacob, an active student at Firelands High School, is also a member of the National Honor Society as well as both the Track and Cross Country teams. After graduation next year, Jacob plans to pursue a degree in business management and law.
Congratulations, Jacob, on such a great accomplishment!