When considering what to do for his Eagle Scout project, Stephen Copperwheat combined a number of things important in his life.
He wanted something to help his church, Clinton United Methodist. He wanted to use the building skills learned while attending BOCES. And the Clinton High School senior said it was important to fulfill the Eagle Scout requirement by getting people involved.
Over a few months totaling 400-plus hours and 31 people, Copperwheat supervised and led all aspects of the construction of an outdoor worship area for the Clinton church. “It was a lot of work,’’ said Copperwheat, son of Steve and Laura Copperwheat of Clinton.
“With Covid still out there some elderly people are not comfortable coming into church,’’ he said. “We didn’t have an outdoor area.’’
Rev. Michael Terrell, pastor of Clinton Methodist, said the gazebo, which has electrical hookup, can be used in a number of ways. “It gives us a focal point for outdoor gatherings,’’ he said. “I can see wedding ceremonies there on a beautiful day.
“It is also in a quiet area of the property for anyone, not even from the church, to come and read or meditate,’’ Terrell said.
Copperwheat has submitted his paperwork to the local Boy Scouts of America board for review before obtaining the status of Eagle Scout. His troop, Troop 44 sponsored by the Clark Mills American Legion, has nine members who have or will become Eagle Scouts this year.
To meet the requirements, the Eagle Scout candidate must supervise all aspects of the project. That includes fund raising, lining up volunteers to help and supervising the project through its finish.
Copperwheat found support from Access Federal Credit Union, Stewart’s Shops and Home Depot. The outdoor structure will hold up to the elements with 50 2x6’s, 40 lbs of screws and 10 boxes of shingles used for construction.
He also designed areas around the structure for flowers. The earth colors chosen for the paint blend in to the nearby wooded area…