Eagle Scout Project Spruces Up Playground

Published August 16, 2017

Cole Kelly, a Scout with Troop 6 of Trinity Lutheran Church, spruced up the Forest School playground for his Eagle project.

A Boy Scout Eagle project with Forest Elementary School was completed toward the end of June, and teachers and students will be pleasantly surprised with the new look of their playground when school starts again in the fall.

Cole Kelly, a Scout with Troop 6 of Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, planted native style perennials on both sides of a 30-foot walkway that leads to the playground on the north side of the school. Eighty plants were used in total, with about 40 on each side placed in three rows, six feet wide overall. Three different types of perennials were used, similar to the existing plants near the entrance to the school.

All of the plants and planting materials were generously contributed to the project by Midwest Groundcovers in St. Charles. With the help of other members of Troop 6, as well as some friends and family of Kelly, the project was completed in a fairly short amount of time. Work consisted of tilling the ground multiple times to loosen the soil and mix in compost, rolling out weed block, digging holes, placing the plants, and finally surrounding the plants with wood chips, courtesy of Des Plaines Public Works. In addition, the plants were watered by Kelly and his family every few days for several weeks after.

Kelly is 17 years old and a senior at Maine West High School. He has been involved in Scouting for nearly 11 years and said he was happy to give back to his former elementary school.