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Eagle project benefits local seniors
by Chris Young
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KAREN HENDERSON, director at the Golden Years Senior Center (back right), enjoys the new picnic table with some center patrons.
KAREN HENDERSON, director at the Golden Years Senior Center (back right), enjoys the new picnic table with some center patrons.
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BOUNTIFUL — Lucas Eiting earned his Eagle Scout Award this summer by building picnic tables for the Golden Years Senior Citizens Center in Bountiful.

Eiting is a member of Boy Scout Troop 220 sponsored by the Bountiful Elks, and his His Eagle Court of Honor was held at the Bountiful Elks Lodge in August. He is a sophomore at Bountiful High School.

Eiting chose his project after talking to his grandmother, Dorothea Denton, who suggested he do something for the senior center. “I found out what needed to be done from the director,” said Eiting.

Karen Henderson, director of the Golden Years Senior Center, gave Eiting some choices. “I told him several things and he chose to build two picnic tables,” said Henderson.

“Lucas was a very nice, polite young man and had a lot of support from his family. His grandmother comes to the Golden Years Senior Center. His father and his scout troop were very supportive of him and his project.”

The two tables are outside on the lawn and have been used by the seniors during the summer for barbecues and parties. “Now we can go outside to eat our lunch, or use them for other occasions,” said Henderson. “We really appreciate the work he did because they are very nice, strong, sturdy tables. They are made very well. We are pleased with them. They were definitely made by someone who knew what he was doing. I would love one in my own backyard.”

Eiting is happy the seniors have been enjoying tables. “They were so happy to get them because they didn’t have any place to sit outside and they don’t have the means to buy or make tables like that,” he said. “It felt good to give back to the seniors.”

Part of earning an Eagle Scout is leadership, so Eiting led a group of 12 scouts from his troop in making the picnic tables at his home. “We got all the wood and supplies from Lowe’s,” said Eiting. “I gave them a list of what I needed to build the tables. I told them about my project and they donated all the supplies including the wood.

The wood was pressure-treated wood, which extends the life of the wood, increases its durability and resistance from being destroyed by insects or fungus.

“I was surprised at how well the tables turned out,” said Mitch Eiting, Lucas’ father and assistant scout master. “It was a perfect match for Lucas and the senior center.”

Lucas learned a lot about leadership and organization. “I began my project by making a flyer for my troop mates and how to follow-up with them to make sure they would show up to help,” said Lucas. “I had to figure out the key elements I would need like the tools, equipment and materials.”

“The tables are really durable and will last a long time,” said Mitch Eiting.

Lucas said his scouting career has been a good journey. “I started scouting when I was 11 and have learned how to make friends, and learned life skills. I’ve also done some community service by working at the Bountiful Food Pantry helping with food drives, sent boxes of toiletries to soldiers overseas, and other projects for the Elks Club.”
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