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Garoutte earns Eagle Scout with Biscay veterans memorial

Adam Garoutte, a member of Boy Scout Troop 352, recently completed the All Veterans Memorial for the city of Biscay as part of his Boy Scout Eagle Project.
The planning for the project began in early August 2016 and was completed in May with the installation of the memorial plaque. The city of Biscay agreed to be the beneficiary of this Eagle Project when Garoutte presented a final proposal for the $6,300 project.
For the project, Garoutte was required to raise funds, schedule contractors, organize labor and keep Biscay Council Member Donavon Dose up to date with the project and any changes that needed to be made.
Biscay also planned to cover any of the cost that was not raised by Garoutte’s fundraising but at the completion of the project, all costs had been paid for by donations.
When brainstorming for Eagle Scout project ideas, Garoutte knew that he wanted to do something in Biscay where he and his family would be able to see it since they live nearby.
“At first I was thinking I could do something for the park, maybe put mulch down or put up some fencing, but I was also thinking about the veterans around the area and how there was nothing in Biscay that really showed our thankfulness for their service,” says Garoutte. “Now veterans in the area can go there and remember other veterans. And it’s right on Highway 22, so lots of people can see it when they drive by.”
For an Eagle Scout project to be considered successful, the project has to benefit a specific group of people, has to be planned completely by the Boy Scout and has to rely on and encourage community involvement.
“They don’t want us to pay for the project,” says Garoutte. “Anyone can pay for a project to get it done. They really want us to get the community involved, too.”

More about the Eagle Scout project can be found in the July 12 print edition of The Mcleod County Chronicle.