2017-09-14 / News

Imlay City student enhances gardens at Sanctuary for Eagle Scout project

By NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Daniel Fredendall, 17, Troop 156’s newest Eagle Scout, rejuvenated the courtyard gardens of the Sanctuary at Maple Vista in Imlay City as part of his Eagle Scout service project, planting rose bushes, constructing raised flower beds and installing a rock emblazoned with a tribute to the many veterans that reside at the assisted living facility. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Daniel Fredendall, 17, Troop 156’s newest Eagle Scout, rejuvenated the courtyard gardens of the Sanctuary at Maple Vista in Imlay City as part of his Eagle Scout service project, planting rose bushes, constructing raised flower beds and installing a rock emblazoned with a tribute to the many veterans that reside at the assisted living facility. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese IMLAY CITY — Only five percent of young men who sign up to become Boy Scouts ever reach the vaunted rank of Eagle Scout, and Troop 156 out of Imlay City, an outfit numbering only a half dozen Scouts headed up by scoutmaster Marcella Robinson, has seen one of its members, 17-year-old Daniel Fredendall, earn that achievement.

Fredendall, a student at Imlay City High School, chose for his Eagle project to rejuvenate the gardens of the Sanctuary at Maple Vista as his community project, a vital requirement to achieve Eagle Scout rank. With the help of his six-member troop, Fredendall constructed raised flower boxes, planted vegetation including a rose bush and installed a rock emblazoned with a veterans memorial.

Honored last weekend for his efforts at the Imlay City Senior Center, Fredendall worked nearly every day for a year from start to finish on the project, first contacting the Lapeer County Community Mental Health in search of project ideas before being put in contact with Sanctuary at Maple Vista. “It worked out that it was in Imlay City,” said Fredendall. “I was just looking for something that we could do to help.” Fredendall received the support of the community in his pursuit of the Eagle rank, enjoying donations from several community organizations including the Imlay City VFW, the Imlay City American Legion Post 135, the Knights of Columbus and the Imlay City Rotary Club, and businesses including Super and Sons, Imlay City Hardware, Earthly Arts, Days Nursery and Home Depot.

“It was kind of hard finding something around with the scope of only six people,” said Fredendall. Altogether Fredendall collected more than $1,200 toward the effort to rejuvenate the garden.

It’s become somewhat of a tradition for Scouts to come knocking at the Sanctuary at Maple Vista in search of a community project to undertake. Sanctuary at Maple Vista is a Trinity Health senior community that houses nearly 75 residents and features a large courtyard garden area, and Fredendall is the third such Scout in recent years to visit the grounds.

According to community manager at the Sanctuary at Maple Vista Crystal Campagne, it’s been a wonderful experience to receive the help of Boy Scouts. “We’re so grateful to have the Scouts come here and take the time to beautify the grounds,” said Campagne. “Residents really enjoy it. We have a lot of folks that check out the raised beds and see what’s up.”

Campagne said despite enjoying the services of several Scouts, there’s always more work to be done. “We always have an open door for Scouts,” said Campagne. “We’ve been able with the last two Scouts to host honors ceremonies, it’s wonderful to see it all come full circle.”

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