Shelter for a shelter: Eagle Scout project designed to bring pets and owners together

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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William Edwards of Pawleys Island, third from left, enlisted some fellow Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to help with his Eagle Scout project. He built a shelter at the Coastal Animal Shelter in Murrells Inlet.

PAWLEYS ISLAND S.C. — William Edwards, a Life Scout with Troop 360 in Pawleys Island, has completed his Eagle Scout project — a picnic shelter at Coastal Animal Shelter in Murrells Inlet.
The shelter, designed to give volunteers a place to sit with the animals and the adoptive parents to complete the adoption process, includes a shelter tructure with a roof, a picnic table and a dog house.
Edwards, who completed the shelter on Sept. 14, said he wanted to do this project because he has a passion for animals and wants to make a difference for area dogs and cats.
“I chose my Eagle Scout project because Mrs. Linda Donahue was willing to share with me her love of animals and let me come to fundraisers and adoptions,” Edwards said.
“She really loved working at Coastal Animal Rescue and made me want to help.”
After starting Keep Our Pets Food Bank in Murrells Inlet, Donahue since passed away.
Edwards’ goal was to raise $2,300 and he actually earned over $4,600 in money plus gift certificates from International Club and Blackmoor Golf Club, material donations or discounts from Myrtle Beach Building Supply and individuals, labor donations from Monarch Roofing, and food donations from Domino’s and the beneficiary David Parks with Coastal Animal Rescue.
Edwards said he is looking forward to hopefully becoming an Eagle Scout soon.
“It will be very exciting to become an Eagle Scout because that was my goal when starting Scouts,” Edwards said. “It’s been fun earning the merit badges and going to summer Scout camps. I have a chance to teach Cub Scouts what Boy Scouts will be like by being a den chief and going to meetings and activities.”Scoutmaster Emeritus Robert Cromley.
Cromley said he is very proud of Edwards, who is very young to reach the Eagle Scout rank.
“For a 13-year-old to conceive of this project and put it together from start to finish, including finances, is a great thing,” Cromley said. “William is a pleasure to work with and he is one of the most level-headed boys I know.”
He added that only about one percent of Scouts reach the Eagle rank, but in this area, he estimates it at five or 10 percent.
The rank requires 21 merit badges and between 10 and 20 camping trips and in each rank they need to demonstrate leadership skills.
“It is all about character development,” Cromley said.
Edwards would like to thank Rich Mermon, Todd Mullins, Gene Odom, Mike Robino, Jim Wheeler, and Monarch Roofing for construction. The Boy Scouts who attended were Chris Mermon, David Wheeler, Riley Robino, Bobby Walters, Jason Walters, Andrew Fusco, Chase Skinner, Daniel Amidon and Banks Ward.
The Cub Scouts who helped out were Zeke Penn, Jackson Robino, Thomas Robinette, Jesse Robinette, and Michael Carlton. Non-Scouts were Brianna Carlton and Aaron Culp.
Coastal Animal Rescue is located at 1288 Limestone St.in Murrells Inlet. Call the center at 843-652-4500.
Any parents interested in Boy Scouts for their sons can call Cromley at 843-325-9242.

By Clayton Stairs
cstairs@inletoutlook.com

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