Eagle Scout Project

Eagle Scout Project: Cleaning Up the Lawson Family Plot

A memorial garden was created around the gravestones of Elizabeth and Christopher Lawson.

Project Proposal and Details

Ezra Goldmeer is a member of Troop 1701 (Latham, NY), which is chartered by the Latham Kiwanis Club.

Project summary

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Ezra Goldmeer created a memorial garden at Lawson's Lake Park for the graves of Elizabeth and Christopher Lawson.   The graves are in a woody section of the park, just a few steps from the parking lot.  However, the graves were covered by weeds, and there was no marking of the grave site, or any clear path to walk to the site.   Ezra's project included clearing the area around the graves, creating a path from the road to the grave site, erecting a sign marking the entrance to the path, installing a post with information about the graves, and building benches for people to sit to pay their respects, or just to enjoy the shade on a hot summer's day.   In creating this memorial garden, Ezra honored the memory of the Lawson family and the gift of their land which has been, and continues to be used as a summer camp for children from the City of Albany.  

Boy Scouts of America - Eagle requirements

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank that a boy can earn in the Boy Scouts.  (Scouts ranks up to Eagle are:  Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life.   Each rank has its own requirements.)   To earn the Eagle Scout rank a scout must serve actively in his Troop for a period of six months (as a Life Scout) in a position of responsibility within the troop.  The scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges in a variety of subjects.  There are more than 130 merit badges in total, and 13 are required to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.   Some of the required merit badges are:  citizenship in the community, camping, communication, cooking, first aid, personal fitness and one merit badge from each of the following three groups:  swimming/hiking/cycling, emergency preparedness/lifesaving, and environmental science/sustainability.   For the remaining eight merit badges, the scout can pick from many other merit badge topics that include: astronomy, crime prevention, digital technology, fishing, golf, horsemanship, movie making, robotics, snow sports, wood carving, and many, many more.   The scout must demonstrate, and provide a list of references that can attest to the fact, that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in his daily life.  The scout must also complete a community service project.  This project, more commonly called an Eagle Scout Service Project, allows the Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while planning and completing a project for the benefit of his community. 

The Scout Oath: 

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law:

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.