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McClain completes Eagle Scout project

| September 6, 2018

Colton McClain’s Eagle Scout project was to build two picnic tables and a bench for the American Legion. Contributed | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Colton McClain has been involved with Boy Scouts as long as he can remember and now he can add Eagle Scout to his list of honors.

His Eagle Scout project was making two picnic tables and a bench for the American Legion.

“They came to me with the idea and we worked with Coshocton Lumber to get some of it funded,” said McClain, who belongs to Troop 406 out of Burt Avenue Wesleyan Church. “It actually only took two days to make the picnic table and my team had the bench built, but I helped sand it.”

He had a team of between 12 and 15 people helping him with his projects.

“It was nice to have every one helping,” McClain said.

The picnic tables and bench will provide the American Legion with seating for outdoor events and activities.

“They only had one picnic table and it was in terrible shape,” McClain said. “They really needed new ones.”

He decided to pursue becoming an Eagle Scout for several reasons.

“It really looks good on a resume,” McClain said. “It comes with a lot of honor and shows you have a lot of skills. It’s a good feeling too because you know you worked hard for it and are rewarded.”

In addition to completing a community service project, Eagle Scouts also have to earn certain merit badges and then they can have a ceremony to celebrate their accomplishment.

“My brother is an Eagle Scout too,” McClain said. “He did the bocce ball court at the senior center and we will have our Eagle Scout ceremony together. It will be cool to get to do that.”

Colton is the son of Kevin and Tammy McClain and is a junior at Coshocton High School.

“My advice to younger scouts wanting to go for Eagle Scout is to get your required merit badges done first before the fun ones that are not required and reach out to people for help with your project.”


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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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