Eagle Scout creates Lego models of historic hotels for his Eagle project — and for fun

Adam's 7,500-brick Lego replica of the Antlers II Hotel in Colorado.

Updated, 1:52 p.m. Dec. 8 with more info on his Eagle project. Some commenters have erroneously stated that Adam’s Eagle project did not meet the requirements for an Eagle project. The BSA entrusts our adult volunteers to evaluate a project idea and determine its worthiness. The adults in this case did their job well, and the local BSA council supported their decision.


For his Eagle Scout service project, Adam Moore built a hotel.

Brick by brick — and without a drop of glue — Adam’s one-twentieth-scale Lego model of the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colo., took shape.

In 2015, Adam and the Scouts under his leadership donated the completed model to the landmark hotel. The masterpiece has benefited the entire town and has been viewed by thousands of hotel guests over the past two years.

Adam’s Eagle project took months of planning and building by the Scouts. It involved Adam and his fellow Scouts raising $1,400. Much like a bench at a city park or walkway at a memorial — two other examples of construction-based Eagle projects — Adam’s project benefits the entire community.

Altogether, their were eight Scouts involved with building the Strater Hotel model. Adam did very little actual building himself, instead leading his fellow Scouts in this detailed project.

As anyone who has led a group can attest, the process was at times frustrating but a great learning experience.

“It taught him a lot about leading a team in a complex building project,” Adam’s dad, Robert, says.

Here’s a photo of Adam with the complete project:

Why this was approved as a project

While visiting Durango in 2014 with his parents, Adam became fascinated with the architecture of the Strater and its history. He took a ton of pictures and talked to the hotel staff about its history.

The hotel is more 120 years old and has had many famous folks visit, including novelist Louis L’Amour, John Wayne and several Presidents.

Adam wanted the town of Durango to remember the Strater and allow it to enrich their understanding of the Old West — a time before smartphones and laptop computers. He spent time with Strater management and with his local BSA council to develop the concept.

After some deliberation, the council decided that it, indeed, met the criteria for an Eagle project. They said he could proceed as long as he oversaw the construction with a team of Scouts doing the actual construction.

It took more than four months to go from research/design to actual construction of the model. The eight-Scout team spent 40 hours constructing and consumed dozens of pizzas. The finished product was carefully transported by Jeep six hours over mountain passes to the town of Durango.

The local Durango newspaper wrote an article on the model, and Strater management has told Adam that thousands of visitors have experienced it over the past two years. The model sits in the hotel in an area open to the public — not just paying guests. It has allowed the hotel to educate many Durango residents on the rich history of the area.

Two years later, another Good Turn

Adam wasn’t done building there.

Last month, he unveiled his latest masterpiece: a scale model of the Antlers II Hotel in his hometown of Colorado Springs, Colo. The completed piece uses more than 7,500 bricks and required almost a year of research, design and construction.

This time, Adam’s Lego project wasn’t meant to fulfill any service requirement. This time, it was just for fun.

Research …

The real Antlers II Hotel was demolished in 1964 to make way for the current Antlers Hotel, a Wyndham property in the heart of Colorado Springs.

Anyone born after 1964 never got to see the beautiful building, constructed in 1901 in the Italian Renaissance style.

Adam wanted to find a way to preserve this piece of history. He met with an archivist at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum to collect photos from every angle and to figure out which Lego pieces he’d need to create his scale rendering.

… and patience

Adam and his dad spent $2,000 on the necessary bricks. And as this fun story in the Colorado Springs Gazette outlines, Adam had to get creative to get everything just right.

He used the legs of Lego skeletons, turned backward, for balconies. Lego unicorn horns are the pointy tops of the building’s spires. And to get the roof to just the right hue, Moore used brown nail polish.

Adam took over the front parlor of his family’s home and got to work building the hotel. The roof turned out to be the trickiest part.

“I’ve had the roof collapse several times during the construction, and it really tested my patience,” he said.

The Antlers II Hotel model is 4 feet wide, 2 feet long and 2 feet tall.

Presenting his masterpiece

With every Lego in its place, Adam and his dad loaded the model into their Jeep. And so began the most nerve-wracking drive in Lego history.

Remember, Adam didn’t use any glue in his model. Everything is free-standing, meaning one pesky pothole could be catastrophic.

With the model sitting on a mattress for extra padding, Adam’s dad drove very slowly until they got to the hotel.

Once they arrived safely, they carefully carried the model — 4 feet wide, 2 feet long and 2 feet tall — into the hotel and placed it near the gift shop. That’s where it stands today.

Hotel General Manager Arron Duff told the Gazette that the model “has become part of the hotel. … I’m in love with it. It’s just a neat project and a good story.”

More about Adam

Adam, who just turned 18, was a member of Troop 223 of Colorado Springs, Colo., part of the Pikes Peak Council.

He earned Eagle at age 15 and is currently a freshman at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he’s majoring in mechanical engineering.

He told the Gazette he’d love to work for Lego some day. You could say that his hotel models are quite the résumé-builder.

In the meantime, he’s considering creating a similar model of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., as his next project.

76 Comments

    • I had that thought too, especially since this article is woefully void of details on his eagle project itself. However, I have to make the assumption that his project was properly vetted and carried out in a manner that successfully completed the requirements as he was awarded Eagle. So good for him…better than a half hearted attempt at doing something that no one every sees or cares about

    • I’ve added more to the post to address the false assumption that this is not a worthy Eagle Scout service project. I’m sorry for not providing more detail, but I’d caution anyone against assuming that the Scouters who approved this project didn’t consider all the facts.

      The BSA entrusts our excellent volunteers to properly consider the worthiness of any Eagle project idea. The adults in this case did a great job doing just that.

      • There’s a lesson here and it’s that sometimes, underreporting a story can be as bad as misreporting one.

        Learn from this experience Brian; you’ll do better next time.

        I have faith in you.

        Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    • Elaborate on that, Dave. Justify your hateful comment and remove all doubt from everyone that you fail to embody the true essence of the spurit of scouting.

  1. Wow – this is really a neat project for Adam to do with his dad, but I thought an Eagle project was supposed to be a leadership endeavor.

    • From the post: “In 2015, Adam and the group of Scouts under his leadership donated the completed model to the landmark hotel.” It sounds like he did the second model (not the one for his Eagle project) by himself.

    • According to the article Bill, Adam was a project leader for the first hotel build (Strater Hotel) that was his Eagle project.

      “In 2015, Adam and the group of Scouts under his leadership donated the completed model to the landmark hotel. The masterpiece has benefited the entire town and has been viewed by thousands of hotel guests over the past two years.”

      This article references two hotel Lego projects, one that was his Eagle project (Strater Hotel), and one he and his Dad completed and donated (Antlers II Hotel).

    • My thoughts exactly. I’ve learned not to judge others Eagle svc projects (or Wood Badge tickets), but I really would have liked to hear more about the exercise of leadership. The value to the community is indisputable, though.

    • As a demonstration of leadership, the Scout must plan the work, organize the personnel needed, and direct the project to its completion.

      Don’t fault the scout, this was run up the pole and approved.

      Scouting: what do you have to say about approving this?

    • Did you not read the article? He was hands off, did the research and development, and planned the whole project. All 3 legs of the Eagle Project well covered!

  2. I don’t know how they do Eagle Projects out West, but I fail to appreciate this as a full-throated, service-oriented Eagle project that demonstrates the Scout’s ability to plan, organize resources and manpower, and execute the plan to a conclusion. Seems more like a hobby. I am not impressed.

  3. While history is important, we must be missing something here as to how this would have been a “leadership” project and how it required others besides his immediate family. The model is significant and apparently has become a draw to the community, but please expand on this Bryan so we can get a better understanding.

  4. it really is very detailed and I’m sure lots of work was put into it but our Eagle Board would never accept this a leadership driven project.

    • if you are talking about your eagle board of review they would have to accept it if was signed off both in front and back end the review can not refuse to excepted it . The point of input would have been with District advancement Chair who is this case must have sign off on the projects planning.

    • If a troop has a “troop Eagle Board,” before the Scout goes to the district/council for project approval, the unit is adding to the requirements. Our district usually approves about 75% of the projects the first time the Scout goes up for project approval. Our troop is a lot higher than that because our Eagle coach, CC, or Scoutmaster go over the project packet before it goes to district.

      As for this, the Scout has to lead others in the project. Since this was a by scratch lego project, someone would have had to draw the plan, meet with the hotel, and others. From the article, it appears that the other Scouts put together sections of the project based on the plans prepared and then the parts were combined for what it appeared at the end.

      It would be interesting on how the Scout defended that the project would benefit the community, but I could see it being a possibility.

  5. In fairness, the article states “In 2015, Adam and the group of Scouts under his leadership donated the completed model to the landmark hotel. The masterpiece has benefited the entire town and has been viewed by thousands of hotel guests over the past two years.” The first model was completed by Adam and a group of Scouts under his leadership. The other and later model was completed by Adam and his dad for fun. I clicked through to read this article because my older two sons are Boy Scouts and Lego mad. They will enjoy seeing what this boy created as part of a group for his Eagle project and later on his own with his dad.

  6. Incredible job!
    But I’m confused – an Eagle candidate needs to show leadership over – at a minimum – 2 others besides himself.
    Does Bryan need to fill in some blanks for us? Or change the title of the article?
    Clarification? (or will we all of a sudden have logo projects and Eagle projects? 😉 )

  7. What am I missing? He built a model model of a demolished hotel for the existing one? I thought the Eagle project could not be commercial in nature, and had to benefit a religious institution, school, or community. I did not think building something for a business woud qualify.

  8. I work a block away from the Strater Hotel and had not heard of this model until now. Given the information presented in this post, I fail to see how leadership was demonstrated or how the project has “benefited the the entire community”. The Strater is a private business. I’m sure their guests have enjoyed seeing the model, but I would hardly consider this a community service. I hope there was some tangible benefit not discussed here.

    • Like a prayer garden at a church (a common Eagle project), this one is open to the public and benefits anyone who visits.

      • Thank you for updating the post. It’s clear that the scout demonstrated leadership in the planning and execution of the project. I still don’t understand how a model of the facade of the hotel educates its viewers on the hotel’s history and the history of the Old West, but it is an impressive work of art nonetheless, and my ignorance should not diminish the hard work this young man put into the project.

      • Bryan – I can see your argument and only take exception to the comparison of a Hotel, a commercial business, to a Church, which is not. If this were to have been on display at the public Courthouse or Library or local museum, I could see the community benefit. This is solely a project that appears to benefit the commercial enterprise. I will say that further research shows that the Strater has not exploited the project for commercial purposes. I have not seen one picture on their website or Facebook page mentioning the model; not even in the background of other photos of the hotel. I commend the Scout for his leadership of this project as to me it is no different than building a playground. It takes planning, guidance, and leadership to accomplish a complicated work of art such as this. I will have to rely on the expertise and experience of his Council representatives who will have intimate knowledge of the details of the project. I cannot second-guess a fellow Scout leader.

        • Update: I see further where this model was, in fact, donated to a local museum after its stay at the hotel. Seems to me this fits all of the requirements for an Eagle Project.

        • It was donated to a local museum – by the hotel that the scout donated it to in 2015. Interesting, but making a lego model and donating it to a for profit hotel seems like a reach as a project.

  9. Sad! Seems youth leadership mimics our national leadership examples of poor judgement
    As the “old guard” I am not against change, however, this organization will not weather another 100 Year’s with the lack of good judgement or distructive changes I have seen over the past few years.

    • Old-Old-Guard. 🧓🏻
      It should be remembered that the Eagle requirements existed for DECADES without any “Eagle Project” requirement! It was added as a demonstration of Leadership Skills that the Scout had learned and showing Service to the Community. What the Eagle should be doing, even before there was any written requirement.
      ▫️ In working with Eagles to be and reviewing, the problem that I have seeen is escalation in the size of the project (and/or padding with inclusion of added smaller sub projects). along with esculating dollar amounts (including magic “donations” and fund raising projects).
      ▪️ In my mind, the actual Project is almost _trivial_ {not completely and has to be of some added size/scale above what was expected for lower Scout ranks), and the important key is the Leadership Skills used. {And to a lesser degree, the Documentation, including community need, step-by-step process used, including obstetricals and alternatives, and lesson-learned secection). And, hopefully not the size of a telephone-book or overstuffed scrapbook. For the real world that the young Eagle is being launched, there is the need for a significant presentation in the form of PaperWork report representing the Project — our adult real world.

  10. I will fall into the camp that thinks too much detail has been left out and figure the best that Adam really did provide leadership. But it would be great to provide some details about his leadership role.

    My first reaction was that a single scout building a model doesn’t equate to the leadership requirement. But I can imagine ways this might be a leadership project. Did he have groups work on sections which were then laced into each other? How many scouts helped out? If one thinks beyond one or two scouts placing bricks sequentially to a young man guiding several teams to build their portion which would then be joined to others then leadership could certainly come about. Extra points if he built some sort of QA team to oversee the sections.

    Even the plans could give a chance to provide leadership if he worked with someone else to setup the sections that would come together. But more detail on the original project please.

  11. I applaud the adults with the guts to sign off on this project and Bryan for publishing this, since every adult involved in its processing must have known the grief this project would generate from the old guard. Of course, I am assuming the scout demonstrated leadership in his project and it was build by scouts under his leadership. If anyone who is critical of this project and has factual data to indicate leadership was not displayed, then I am obviously wrong and will change my opinion of that scout, but without any facts to the contrary I will always assume a scout followed the rules. Isn’t that the way you would like to be treated? An installation like this could easily take a hundred hours to build with significant research and design work involved and lots of leadership required to ensure the other scouts building it followed his custom instructions (its a wee bit different to build a custom model than a kit). Let’s trust Bryan that he wouldn’t post an unworthy project.

  12. I have mentored 41 scouts to their Eagle. A project lime this would never get passed by me to be presented to the advancement committee. Sorry but this is a lame eagle project ans shame on rhe leaders for approving it.

    • Ok Bill–enlighten us please on what you deem worthy of your approval? Building a lame bench (again) or cleaning up a cemetery (again) or setting up a blood drive (again) or another book box etc. Kudos to this Scout for thinking outside the box and contributing something unique. He used his talents and it was something of his interest. He probably didn’t want to go plant trees (again). Give me a break and lighten up! I’ve seen plenty of lame projects get passed. I think it’s ridiculous when they showcase projects that are WAY over the top and are WAY too involved. It sets up unrealistic views of what a project should be. And by the way, in case everyone forgot, there is NO hours requirement for a project. Did the boy show leadership and was the project of value, period. Unbelievable all the judging going on in this thread. All the self-proclaimed ‘gatekeepers’ getting all worked up.

      • His Eagle project was building a lego model of an existing building – who benefits from this? People could go to a hotel and see what the hotel looks like in Legos – or they could look at the facade as they enter the building. The 2nd building done after the Eagle project actually puts his Eagle project to shame, if the project didn’t do that on its own.

  13. I concur with the many sentiments that this does not demonstrate in a significant way the leadership required to qualify as an Eagle Scout project. Further, why would we hold this up as such an example and worthy of national attention (by virtue of this newsletter)? Cool hobby, though.

  14. This article was poorly vetted. It is not about the Eagle project at all but about the second one that he did himself. The title makes it seem that the article was about the Eagle project but that was only mentioned at the start. Like so many others I wanted to see how he led the Eagle project, not how he competed his hobby.

  15. Instead of simply blaming the article for lack of information and then writing a negative opinion of the project, maybe do some research on your own first. You are on the internet, after all. Maybe you would have found that the scouts took 7 months to build the model, that it required a detailed design to build, that the scout raised over $1,400 to build it, and that the model was donated to a local science museum after its tenure in the hotel lobby.

    Hmmm – Detailed design work, scouts working together, raising money, helping a science museum. If the word ‘picnic tables’ were substituted for ‘Legos’ in the article, I doubt there would be this much negativity.

    It’s nice to see a project that deviates from the norm once in a while.

    • Bryan, thanks for updating your article with the additional information. Sometimes I think people forget that the scouts featured in these articles may read them. While I understand the world is a cold and critical place, I always hope the world within the scouting community will be cheerful and kind.

      • Thanks. It’s my fault for not including all the details originally, but I’m glad to get the opportunity to clarify.

        • That is all that I hoped you would do, and I appreciate the clarifications. I recently had to counsel a scout about his “great” idea for a project and my concern it did not meet the intent of the process. While it would have had some impact possibly on local history knowledge, it primarily would have involved a number of retail outlets to make it happen. He took it in stride and is now going in a new direction. As noted, most approval groups vett things pretty well, and on occasion even too well in their “volunteer” efforts. And, there is always an appeal opportunity if information suggests reevaluation. In regard to this, now that we know there was a “team” doing the building and some of the early research it changes the picture. Having watched one or our candidates deal with a half dozen “painters” detailing tiny libraries, I know how hard it can be, especially if they are mostly youth.

      • Clearly from all the negative comments coming from these “Scouters” I can imagine the damage these guys have done to other Scouts trying to get a project approved. It’s not all about you as keepers of some sacred rite. They have no basis for their rejection of the project in that none of them were involved in the project approval or its execution.

        • The current policy is that the leadership project “concept” is reviewed and approved by the district. Before this occurs in our troop, the Scout presents his concept to the troop committee for approval. We make comments and suggestions and his works with his mentor before going for district review. Scouts are no longer required to have all the details finalized before approval as it was in the past. The reviewer goes over the concept and makes his/her comments and suggestions before approving. The Scout prepares final details and executes his plan.

          I sit on our district’s Eagle BoRs, I have seen projects large and small with costs large and small. The common denominator is that the projects filled a specific need and the Scout showed leadership in executing the project.

  16. I am truly saddened by the negativity and mean spirited nature of some people. Scouting has no place for attitudes like that. You don’t have the nitty gritty details of the project, or the people involved, to make an informed decision about whether this qualifies as an Eagle project or not. So instead of implying that everyone that touched this project is a lackadaisical buffoon, how about asking intelligent questions in a positive manner, or at least keep your nastiness to yourself. How would you feel if these negative attitudes and comments were directed at you or your child?

    • With all due respect Kim, how do you think those Eagles who have done projects in the past feel seeing the initial article? I know I had some serious concerns and posted as such. The article original article focused on the current model, and not the one that he did for Eagle. Further there was no mention of it going to a local museum, only that it went to the hotel, a commercial venture. That raised some serious flags with me.

      As for the negative attitudes, you must remember Eagles take that award very seriously. They do not want the becoming an Eagle watered down. Without the full information can you not understand why folks are upset. Sadly earnign eagle is being watered down, i.e. MBCs, merit badge universities and summer camps awarding MBs without the Scouts actually completing all of the requirements. It’s telling when The Guide to Advacnement admits that this happens i.e 7.0.4.7 Limited Recourse for Unearned
      Merit Badges and that units only have 30 days to rectify this

      • The point of the article was not to describe the Eagle Scout project. It was to highlight how a scout used his project as a jumping off point for additional work. To me, the article highlights one of the positives of scouting – there are 130+ merit badges not just so a scout can earn Eagle. It is so scouts can explore different subjects which may in turn lead them to a vocation/advocation they would not have considered without the help of scouting.

        Unfortunately, people decided to focus on the Eagle Scout project instead.

  17. That is one incredible work of art and history. A little different take on Eagle Projects and a little publicity can only help Scouting appeal to a wider audience. Thinking outside of the box and his troop and council support took a lot of courage. A scout is brave. And done at age 15. We need more scouts and units that think like Adam.

  18. Really? BSA? I call not acceptable under the agreement that it is not fair to every Eagle Scout who wanted to bend the rule, and was not able. Guidelines are Intended to be there for fairness. If you wan to be fair change the requirements and deminish the pride of the Past Eagle Scouts who had followed the guidelines and were not allowed to be flexible. Sorry but, 40 years from now when your around the fire you have to tell people what your project was, be warned most of us will probably say what we did when we read this post! What?

  19. This project shouldn’t have been approved. Yes building with legos is fun but this was supposed to be an Eagle Scout Project.

  20. I love this story as an Interior Designer the love, the detail that old buildings in a community bring to the feel of a neighborhood, street, or city. Think about the oldest part of your town how old are the buildings are they being taken care of? So many times the old buildings with all the character are torn down and that architecture is lost and the new buildings that replace then to revitalize neighborhoods are just steel and glass.
    I was in the Army in Germany during Desert Storm and saw buildings that were still being used from WWII they had been repaired and people were using them. I think in America it’s about new that we forget the beauty of the old with all the details and handcrafted nature of wainscoting and dentil molding and crown molding.

    I love that this young man wanted to do this project and found a way to work it so that he led the young men as they built it.
    To show the world what this/these hotels can do to show the communities and visitors what that looked like after they have been torn down. I do think that he should’ve used glue though;)

    While it is easy to pass blame on to the committee that approved this project you need to step back and know that these people know what they are doing and just because you didn’t see those steps in the article doesn’t mean they didn’t do it.
    Have we become so judgemental that we can’t stand beside our brothers and sisters in this amazing Scout Program remember our goal is to help these youth to become better able to handle the world. To become leaders and people who build others up.

  21. Reading many of these comments leads me to be believie the entire article was not read before comments were made. There are several references to his planning efforts and his leadership of other Scouts for the Eagle project model.

    Two ways that could have made the article less “confusing” would have been to show the picture of the model he planned and led the building of, as the lead photo and to have made the write up of the second model much shorter or as a second post pointing back to the Eagle Project as background.

    Missed in all of this is the work involved in proposing to and getting permission from the hotel, a museum or any other group or venue to accept the completed model. Not always an easy task. I have mentored more than 30 young men in earning their Eagle Scout rank and at least three of them struggled with getting organizations to agree to accept the work or final project. One church wanted the young man to agree to routine upkeep and maintenance on a prayer garden he proposed building. This request came after the project was completed and the Scout was getting the sign off done. Another Scout proposed constructing waste and recycling containers at a heavily used public beach to promote keeping the beach clean. This was denied because the parks and rec authority did not want to be responsible for emptying the containers (it wasn’t in their budget.) He ended up with a new project and a different organization. A third Scout was just a few days away from his first construction day of a shelter at a public school when the new principal called him and told him he no longer had permission to build the structure because he didn’t want it and wouldn’t have agreed to it if he had been in charge at the time it was proposed. He ended up with a similar project for a different organization.

  22. this is a nice tribute, last value to the building made with Lego’s and their proprietors. I credit the initiative, insight and design skills.

  23. “While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting”

    Councils, districts, and units shall not
    establish requirements for the number
    of people led, or their makeup, or for time
    worked on a project.”

    These are taken from the 2017 guide to advancement , and as I recall it hasn’t changed from the ones that my sons used in 2003. .while Brian may have not outlined how the first project met this or that requirement, let’s assume this is merely editorial and that our fellow Scouters knew what they were doing and could read as well as we can, and, to nicely ask for more detail, not harrumphing “in my day ” and assuming that they didn’t. Brian thank you for presenting this very different idea for an Eagle project! Fly free, young Eagle!

  24. I’m rather surprised and, frankly, disturbed at what Scouting has become: this article discusses an Eagle’s continuation of something that began with his Eagle project and very little about the initial project itself. I.e: what this young man learned during his project has now influenced his life in a posiitive way by sending him down the path toward a career in mechanical engineering…something that will give him plenty of oportunity to demonstrate the leadership he has learned in Scouting.
    As far as the Eagle project itself, it’s certainly out of the box, but slow down and pay attention to what was required to pull this off. The articel states, “In 2015, Adam and the Scouts under his leadership donated the completed model to the landmark hotel.” The article does not state if there was an agreement to display the model before it was sent to the museum, thus we don’t know if it was actually donated to a for profit organization or merely displayed there for a time. The article also states, “It took more than four months to go from research/design to actual construction of the model. The eight-Scout team spent 40 hours constructing [the model].” To my knowledge, Lego doesn’t sell this as a kit so the candidate had to design, plan, and gather the materials to do this on his own.
    “Plan the project”….CHECK.
    “Demonstrate leadership to complete the project”…as stated in the article, the project was approved as long as he led others in building it and he led at least 8 others…CHECK
    “Benefit the community”…It is serving to educate others about the history of the community/ old west. A little gray on whether there was an agreement about it going to a business or a museum, but…CHECK
    Why are people upset? What project did you expect a 15 year old to complete? He met the requirements of planning and leading something that benefits the community.
    I just watched my friend’s son complete the requirements for Eagle at age 13. He worked very hard and EARNED the rank. The obstacles that were thrown in front of that kid by leaders who were not previously Scouts was truly sad. Right down to his Eagle Board of Review taking more than an hour an twenty minutes while the board of review for a 17 year old candidate taking place on the same night in the same troop was less than twenty minutes.
    The Eagle project (and the following one which he did on his own/ not for the project) which this article discusses are certainly different, but after taking a breath and reviewing what was behind the initial project, I say he did the job. If we fail to embrace some of the changes in society, no one will want to be a Scout and the entire program will die. This doesn’t mean give the award/ rank away; it MUST be earned. There are fewer Eagles EVERY year than there are of “the Few, the Proud…,” but we’ve all EARNED our awards over the course of years, not weeks. So did this young man.

  25. I remember when Eagle projects were challenging, required originality, etc. Nothing original about this. Sad to see this was accepted.

  26. How was the $1400 raised and over what period of time? Did eight scouts put in a total of eight hours, five hours apiece, or was it forty hours apiece for eight scouts for a total of 320 hours? Maybe more details in a better written opening post would have been better received.

  27. One more example of how the BSA has dumbed down the Eagle rank in the interests of hyping their own stats. It’s a slippery slope, and it’s probably too late to halt the downward momentum. I don’t fault the boy, I fault the organizational mindset. Shame on all of you in TX.

  28. For a little more information on this Eagle scouts project. I am the Committee Chairman of Troop 223 and was a mentor on Adam’s Eagle project. This project when first proposed was not considered to be acceptable of the standards of an Eagle Project. We had many discussions with the members of the council Eagle Project Review Board and found a way for this scout to do this project than met all of the requirements of an Eagle project. The Eagle project was having the replica of the Strater hotel built under his guidance and supervision, but all of the building of the model was performed by other scouts. Adam did not build he Eagle project himself, the scouts under his leadership built the model. This project was funded by money raised by doing a car wash as well as other fund raisers. Adam had to pay retail prices for the Lego blocks since Lego did not contribute. He had to plan, buy and ensure that he had all of the numerous pieces ready for the others scouts before the building phase of the project could begin. From the beginning of this project the beneficiary of this project was the Animas museum in Durango CO and not the Strater hotel itself. This project required more planning, fund raising and organization than most of the Eagle projects that I have heard about or worked on.

    • Well done! This is exactly how the process is supposed to work! A committee shouldn’t just say “sorry, this is a bad idea, go build a picnic table instead.” It’s about helping a scout refine his idea into one that shows planning and leadership, and supports a beneficiary. Mentoring isn’t about telling a scout what you would do – it is guiding them on how to make their vision happen.

      I am sorry you felt like you had to come on here and defend Adam’s project. I wish people would focus more on the youth support part of scouting and less on defending what they think the standards should be. People should remember that if a scout is mentioned in an article, they will want to read that article. Put yourself in their parent’s shoes – If this was your kid, would you be happy reading the comment you are typing?

    • Thank you David of Troop 223 for this info, which for me provides the final pieces of the puzzle. I never doubted the leadership aspect, but did wonder who was the benefitting organization – I see now that it was the museum from the start, not the hotel as the article had implied. Thanks again.

      To all, I believe it is okay to ask probing questions about Eagle projects. In today’s world of global, instantaneous communications, every project sets a precedent. Now if any of us are faced with a similar situation, we will know how an outside-the-box proposal was handled by another troop and district. Of course such questioning, and any debate that ensues, should be respectful. A Scout is Friendly, Courteous and Kind.

  29. If the entire project was only 40 hours, then the Scout undercounted the hours. Probably, his own. The time it took to develop the idea, talk to the necessary people (Eagle Coach, District, Hotel Rep) and then come up with the free design (there is no kit for that hotel), it had to take more than 40 hours Now the hotel is in a museum. I don’t know if that was part of the original plan, but it does provide history of the community to the community.

  30. He earned his Eagle.
    When they rank the grades in medical school, what do you call the lowest graduate ? You call them “Doctor”.

    I sometimes wonder if I would like to know the ranking of the surgeon that is about to take out/put in something?

  31. As a fellow Eagle Scout (1973), I’m always encouraged when a young man shows the drive and initiative to earn the rank. It is a great deal of time and effort. I would say that although the various leaders looked at this and signed off on it, as they should in meeting their obligations to the Scout and BSA, it seems that this would have been a better choice for a community service activity and not an Eagle Project.

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