Let’s look at the awesome projects these Eagle Scout Adams award winners did

Nicholas Sasseen's Eagle Scout project.

If your Scout hasn’t submitted his or her Eagle Scout service project to be considered for a national recognition, there’s still a little time left.

The deadline to submit an Eagle Scout project to your local council for the Glenn and Melinda Adams Service Project of the Year Award is Jan. 31. You can find the nomination form and guidelines here.

We’ve told you about last year’s winner: Apara Sai Jella, along with her helpers, who built a playground and meditation area for women’s rehab center in California. She wasn’t the only award recipient. Apara received the national recognition, but 15 other Scouts received territorial honors.

Nominations must be sent to your local council for review by Jan. 31. The councils will select a council winner. Only the council winner will be sent in for a national service territory review. Each national service territory will review the council winners and select a territorial winner. The territorial winners will then be reviewed, and a national winner will be selected.

Let’s look at what the territorial winners did:

Nijrell Jackson’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 1

Nijrell Jackson, Far East Council

Nijrell and his helpers built a garden for a community center in Okinawa, Japan. The garden provided a peaceful place for the low-income families who frequent the center to enjoy.

Ravindu Vithanachchi’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 2

Ravindu Vithanachchi, Catalina Council

Ravindu and his helpers constructed slant boards and outdoor desks for an elementary school in Tucson, Ariz. The boards and desks helped students, including special-needs students, to learn at the school’s outdoor classroom during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apara Jella’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 3

Apara Sai Jella, Golden Gate Area Council

You can read about Apara’s project, which was selected as the national winner, here.

Johnathan O’Brien’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 4

Johnathan O’Brien, Northeast Iowa Council

Johnathan and his helpers planted 14 native trees and created four flowerbeds containing more than 900 native prairies grasses and flowers for a nature preserve in Asbury, Iowa.

Brendan Zahner’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 5

Brendan Zahner, Heart of America Council

Brendan and his helpers replaced a watering system with a targeted drip irrigation system for a regional food bank’s demonstration garden in Kansas City, Mo. The garden is used to teach the community how to create their own garden using low-cost methods.

Zain Dhatwani’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 6

Zain Dhatwani, Three Fires Council

Zain and his helpers launched an international program for students in five countries to meet online to discuss topics such as discrimination, service and leadership. He also hosted an event at his school in Illinois where students could learn more about schools from around the world.

Territory 7

Cole Kosch, Capitol Area Council

Cole and his helpers produced a 30-minute documentary on the dangers of vaping, told from a teenager’s perspective. He then worked with the American Lung Association to integrate his film into their educational programs for teens and schools.

Nicholas Sasseen’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 8

Nicholas Sasseen, Last Frontier Council

Nicholas and his helpers tore down an old structure at a park in Lawton, Okla., and replaced it with a covered pavilion that had a patriotic theme. The large project topped $150,000 in cost, which was collected through donations and grants.

Adam Weaver’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 9

Adam Weaver, Dan Beard Council

You can read about Adam’s project here. He and his helpers created a sensory path for a school in Mason, Ohio.

Jake Christel’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 10

Jake Christel, Theodore Roosevelt Council

Jack and his helpers constructed a serenity labyrinth for a church in Oceanside, N.Y. The place was designed for people to walk, pray and become closer to God.

Eric Hense’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 11

Eric Hense, Mayflower Council

Eric and his helpers developed 80 sensory kits to give to first responders in the South Shore area of Massachusetts. The kits were designed for first responders to use calm and communicate with people with autism during emergencies.

Logan Decker’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 12

Logan Decker, Mountaineer Area Council

Logan and his helpers built a large pavilion for a church in Fairmont, W.Va., that included a basketball court, grill, prayer bench, woodshed and picnic tables.

James Stickel’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 13

James Stickel, Northern New Jersey Council

James and his helpers installed a veterans memorial for the township of Washington, N.J. The memorial included a wall, flag poles, brick pavers and landscaping.

Taylor Bell’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 14

Taylor Bell, Middle Tennessee Council

You can read about Taylor’s project on page 11 of this special edition of Scout Life magazine. She and her helpers built a mobile obstacle course for a sheriff’s department’s K-9 unit in Tennessee.

Christian Norris’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 15

Christian Norris, Indian Waters Council

Christian and his helpers developed a donation method that helps fund more than a dozen children to receive cancer treatments and for their families to receive housing and meals. You can read about his project here.

Jacob Friedman’s Eagle Scout project.

Territory 16

Jacob Friedman, Central Florida Council

Jacob and his helpers designed a garden with 150 native plants to help combat coastal erosion at New Smyrna Beach, Fla. The project helped restore a natural habitat for several insect and animal species.


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Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.