Wood ducks who make their home near Lake Haigler at the Anne Springs Close Greenway have clean, new homes to lay their eggs in this spring, thanks to Adam Cabell.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Cabell, a freshman at Fort Mill High School, installed 10 new wood duck boxes around Lake Haigler and has plans to repair seven more. The boxes provide shelter for wood ducks which, unlike other types of duck, don't migrate. Instead, they will lay their eggs here during the spring in the brand new homes Cabell and his team of nine friends and five local Boy Scout leaders helped assemble and install.
Cabell chose to work on the duck boxes because he loves to be outside and learning about the environment, he said.
At the end of February, Cabell and the team gathered at Lake Haigler and spent nearly six hours assembling and installing the duck boxes. Cabell was at the helm of the project, guiding his friends and working through any problems that arose.
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Earning the Eagle Scout badge is as much about installing the duck boxes as it is about demonstrating leadership and the ability to work through problems, according to Adam's dad, Charles Cabell.
Leading his friends was a challenge, Adam admitted.
"It was very different. We have been friends for so long that it seemed weird to be giving commands to them," Adam said. "But, when it was done, all I can say is you feel better about yourself as a person. I was really in tune with nature and I liked that."
Adam is the third Boy Scout to help the greenway install and repair wood duck boxes, said Greenway director Bill Steele. Steele, an assistant leader in Pack 219, said that he encourages a relationship between the Greenway and area scouting groups. He was excited about Adam's project and how he implemented it.
"It's a win-win relationship for the scouts as well as the greenway to benefit from the project," Steele said. "Adam's a good boy. He did a good job leading his volunteers putting in place and the construction of the boxes."
Adam's Eagle Scout project is the culmination of nine years of scouting. He began as a Cub Scout in kindergarten and his dad is excited to see that he has followed the program through to completion.
"It helps you develop a lot of skills some kids don't get the exposure to do," Charles Cabell said. "It makes kids more well rounded because you're exposed to so many things. As you get older you can sometimes lose interest, so I'm impressed he's made it this far and I'm also very excited for him."
With the duck boxes installed and ready for use, Adam is wrapping up his Eagle Scout project and preparing to go before the Eagle Scout Board of Review. In order to receive the Boy Scouts' highest rank, he will have to present his project to the board, along with other requirements such as references and a diary account of his project.
He will also have to answer questions about his project and his experience as a Boy Scout.
"I'm nervous, but confident that I'll do well," Adam Cabell said. "Being a Boy Scout taught me, mostly, that you have to be confident and know what to do and when to do it."