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Eagle Scout builds new ramp for church

  • Maxwell Davie, 17, of Bennington, recently helped to build a handicap ramp at the Bennington Congregational Church for his Eagle Scout Project. Courtesy photo—

  • Maxwell Davie, 17, of Bennington, recently helped to build a handicap ramp at the Bennington Congregational Church for his Eagle Scout Project.

  • Maxwell Davie, 17, of Bennington, recently helped to build a handicap ramp at the Bennington Congregational Church for his Eagle Scout Project. Courtesy photo—

  • Maxwell Davie, 17, of Bennington, recently helped build a handicap ramp at the Bennington Congregational Church for his Eagle Scout Project. Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:52AM

When it came to approaching his Eagle Scout project, Maxwell Davie knew he wanted do something that would have a positive impact on his community.

The 17-year-old Bennington resident and ConVal High School student reached out to the Bennington Congregational Church, where he ended up building a handicap ramp so people of all ages and abilities can make it into the building.

“The biggest reward was being able to see it completed in the end,” Davie said. “I led a group of kids to build that.”

A large part of the Eagle Scout project is demonstrating leadership, a quality Davie said he has learned so much about since joining the scouts in the third grade.

“It’s more about showing [the volunteers] what needs to be done and making sure everything goes according to plan,” Davie said. 

The project took almost exactly one year from concept to completion – Davie said. The project started on Oct. 28 last year and was completed on Oct. 27 this year. 

Davie said the proposal process, waiting on board approval, sports and other commitments outside of the Boy Scouts all contributed to the project taking a year to complete.

To design the ramp, Davie enlisted the help of family friend Ron McClure.

The ramp – which cost over $1,600 to build – was funded through donations, including $100 from Edmunds Ace Hardware in Antrim and $573 from Antrim Lumber Co.

“Ron is very helpful and very knowledgeable,” Davie said. “And without the donations from Edmunds and Antrim Lumber, the project would’ve been much more expensive.”

With his project complete, Davie now will patiently await his meeting with the district board of review to see if his project met all of the requirements of an Eagle Scout project.

“I’m happy that I’m almost there,” Davie said. “I’m satisfied with what I’ve completed. This has always been a goal of mine.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.