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Eagle Scout project helps firefighters
by Steve Beavers
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Matthew Louis works on one of the four tables he is making to donate to Corinth's four fire stations as his Eagle Scout Service Project.
Staff photo by Steve Beavers Matthew Louis works on one of the four tables he is making to donate to Corinth's four fire stations as his Eagle Scout Service Project.
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Drills and saws were buzzing on Sara Lane.

Five Boy Scouts were helping a fellow Scout with his Eagle Scout Service Project as the temperature approached the century mark.

"Everyone enjoys doing it," said Matthew Louis, who is making picnic tables for each fire station in Corinth as his project.

Louis, who will be a sophomore at Corinth High School in the fall, got the idea after passing one of the stations.

"I drove by a firehouse and saw firemen sitting around eating without a table," he said.

Louis and fellow scouts Fletcher Roberts, Nathen Nunley, Denzel Toomer, Andy Clausel and Mikal Nunley have been busy the past two weeks making the four picnic tables.

Boy Scout Troop 123 Assistant Scout Master Keith Windham and Louis' father, Danny, have also assisted in the project.

"The guys have been wonderful," said Danny Louis, after grilling some hot dogs for the boys during lunch. "This teaches them something they can pass on and that's what it is all about."

The four tables will contain a red plaque with who made the tables, who helped donate to the project and who the tables were made for.

"The idea of the project is to something for the community with the Scout in charge," said Matthew Louis.

"I thought it was a great idea," said Danny. "I can't think of anyone who would appreciate it more than firemen."

Those who made donations for the project included: SouthBank, Gardner's/Roger's, Randy and Penny Long, Knights of Columbus #2913 and Coca-Cola Bottling Works.

The Eagle Scout Service Project is the opportunity for a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout or qualified Venturer in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community.

The project is the culmination of the Eagle Scout candidate's leadership training and it requires a significant effort on his part. Projects must benefit an organization other than the BSA, but it cannot be performed for an individual or a business, be solely a fundraising project or be commercial in nature.

A written plan must be submitted using the BSA Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook and be pre-approved by the benefiting organization, the Scout Leader, the unit committee, and a district representative, before work on the project can begin.

After the project is complete, the Scout will update the workbook where he will discuss the methods in which he gave leadership, ways in which the plan may have had to change and the benefits of the project to the community.
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