Boy Scout creates memorial garden
August 8, 2013 4:02PM
Donny McKenna (second from left) recruited friends and family for his final Eagle Scout project, which was to create a memorial garden for Park Lawn Center. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 12, 2013 6:06AM
Boy Scout Donny McKenna completed his Eagle service project by creating a memorial garden for the Park Lawn Center residential facility located in Alsip.
The memorial is in honor of Park Lawn residents who have died. It is a peaceful location for families and residents to remember loved ones.
McKenna, 15, is a student at Brother Rice High School and a Boy Scout who is closing in on the rank of Eagle.
“Obtaining the rank of Eagle is a monumental and prestigious task,” McKenna’s father, Don McKenna Sr., said.
The Eagle rank requirement consists of all the duties of a life scout, obtaining 21 merit badges, serving actively for a period of six months in their unit in one or more of the following positions of responsibility: Boy Scout troop, varsity scout team, venturing crew/ship, and the service project.
The project is an opportunity for a Boy Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of an organization in his community.
McKenna began planning his project for Park Lawn in the fall of 2012. The initial planning and fundraising was a long process, but the final project he said would take only an estimated four weeks. He began the project in early April and finished the project within the early summer months.
The project included recruiting other troop members, family and friends to help him. He led a group of about 15 volunteers in their journey to finish the project. McKenna was required to do fundraising for all of the supplies needed, including plants, stone, mulch and gravel, and a bench.
Residential services director Ellie Crumback said she has wanted a memorial garden for a long time.
“It is the perfect setting to reflect on all of our loved ones who meant so much to all of us and who will have a permanent place in our hearts,” she said.