Two local brothers have set a new standard in making their parents proud.
Boy Scouts Michael and John Butkevicius of Troop 302 of Lebanon completed their Eagle Scout projects by performing community service projects. These two Scouts are two of Joe and Mary Butkevicius' nine children, and the couple has the potential to have five Eagle Scouts in the family when all is said and done.
Assistant Scout Master Don Guy said John and Michael have both been active scouts with Troop 302 for several years and hope to complete their Eagle rank this spring. Both brothers are active members of Scouting’s Honor society, the Order of the Arrow. Two other brothers, Josh and William, are also members of Troop 302 and hope to follow in their brothers’ footsteps, as will another brother when he is old enough to join.
Michael completed his Eagle project last year at Quality Care Nursing Home. His project was to build a pergola in the gardens at the nursing home. Michael was inspired to take on this project in part because his grandfather Joseph Butkevicius Sr. resides at the facility. Michael's father Joe, several leaders and Scouts from Michael’s Troop assisted in erecting the pergola. Quality Care and Lowe's Home Builders donated funds to the project to buy materials.
John completed his Eagle project by landscaping the library building at Byars-Dowdy Elementary School. John worked at the school on three separate occasions to complete the project. Scouts and leaders from Troop 302, Troop 360 and Pack 147 helped John with the work. Marsha Thorne with Byars-Dowdy presented John with a $100 check to help buy materials. The Wilson County Farmers Co-op donated mulch.
Guy said Troop 302 is headed up by Scoutmaster John Stier. The troop is active in numerous scouting activities such as camping, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus from St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, troop meetings take place on the first and third Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the church.
The community service project is required for any Boy Scout who aspires to become an Eagle Scout and join the ranks of presidents, astronauts and other leaders in holding that distinct honor.
"Part of scouting is giving back to the community," Guy said.