Eagle Scout Project enhances Franciscan land

MERIDEN, CT (06-23-2010) In the fall of last year Boy Scout Matthew Greenwood, from Troupe 51 of Cheshire, Connecticut, contacted the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist to inquire if there was a possibility of his doing an Eagle Scout project on the Franciscan land. On November 28, 2009, the Sisters met with Matthew and his father to discuss an area of the land that could be cleared and developed into a campfire site for the children of the Franciscan Summer Enrichment Program and others to use and enjoy.

After getting four signatures of approval, Matthew began his project on March 20, 2010. Matthew planned and designed the project, solicited donations of materials, organized volunteers and directed the on-site work. Over the course of three months Matthew and 31 other volunteers, comprising scouts and their fathers, put in a total of 232 hours to transform the overgrown area of land into an inviting campfire site. On June 19, 2010, Matthew completed his Eagle Scout project. When asked to comment on the project Matthew stated, "I have been involved in the summer program at the Franciscan Life Center, both as a participant and a helper and it was nice to give something back which will directly impact other young people."