FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- In December 2013, Colin Burns of Hudson was honored during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora.
The rank of Eagle is the highest rank a boy can achieve in Boy Scouts. An Eagle Scout must complete 21 merit badges, including 13 that are required. He must be active in his troop and have assumed a leadership role and must plan, develop and execute a service project that benefits an organization other than Scouts.
Troop 269 Scoutmaster Dave Stafford presented Burns with the Eagle Award, including a patch, medal and special neckerchief. He also was presented a U.S flag from the troop that was flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. at the request of U.S. Rep. David Joyce.
Burns gave his mother an Eagle Scout mother pin for her dedication and support throughout his Scouting career. He then recognized Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster Ed Kubek with a special mentor's pin.
Burns worked closely with Ardmore's Bridges program in Tallmadge to further develop its agriculture program as his service project. Bridges is a non-profit day program for adults with developmental disabilities and autism. One of the activities at Bridges is an agricultural-based vocational program.
A part of this program was for residents to raise chickens in a fenced coop on the property. The Ardmore Foundation must operate the property under the limits and restrictions of a conditional zoning certificate issued by the city of Tallmadge.
A REQUIREMENT of the certificate was that "screening" in the form of arborvitae shrubs had to be planted to block the view of the fenced coop from nearby houses. The program was not able to start until the screening was in place.
Becky Susany, executive director of the Ardmore Foundation, said: "Colin's project helped us meet the requirements of a Tallmadge conditional zoning order. We are so grateful for his time and talent. He is a very special young man, who has made a real difference."
Burns received fundraising support from El Camino Restaurant in Aurora, which donated 20 percent of its proceeds from meals. The arborvitaes were provided at cost by Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape & Design Inc. in Norton.
Burns is an eighth-grader at St. Patrick School in Kent and will attend St. Ignatius High School in the fall. He is the son of Jim and Alison Burns.
"I was excited to do this because I really believe in the good that is happening at the Bridges program," Burns said. "I care about these adults who need a safe, nice place to spend their time and learn."
Burns is the 19th boy in Troop 269 to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout since the troop was chartered 11 years ago at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
Troop 269 meets Thursday evenings at OLPH. The troop welcomes boys who are 11 years old or have completed the fifth grade. To learn more about Boy Scouts and Troop 269, visit www.troop269.org or call Stafford at 330-995-0277.