Scout is building bus stop in North Bend
November 14, 2012
By Sebastian Moraga
To soar like an Eagle, Jacob Barrus is keeping both feet on the ground and favoring more terrestrial means of transportation.
The Scout from North Bend is building a bus stop outside his hometown’s The Pour House in order to earn the rank of Eagle.
“The only way I can do this is if I do a service project for a local community,” he said. “If I do this, it’s going to help me a lot: It’s going to teach me how to manage money, what leadership is like, and it seems like a really good thing for the community.”
He has raised about $400 so far out of the $5,000 he needs, and that’s even before the glass manufacturer comes in with his estimate.
“Me and my dad have been working on the PayPal and trying to figure out how donations would work,” he wrote in an email. “We have found that we are not considered a real nonprofit and that you must have a PayPal account to donate to our Gmail address.”
The project is the culmination of a yearlong project that began with Barrus approaching the city of North Bend for a list of projects that seemed plausible for a teenager to undertake.
“This one seemed to be the most fun and the hardest,” he said. “I like to work with my hands.”
Plans were drawn by Snoqualmie’s architectural firm of Dean Read, and the estimate for the price of the wood will come from North Bend’s Chinook Lumber.
Other project possibilities included working on a flower patch near the south end of Bendigo Boulevard and rebuilding the foundation for a flag pole at a North Bend museum. Yet another project involved controlling invasive weeds by injecting them with a syringe.
The 16-year-old from North Bend is a Mount Si High School junior and a full-time student at Bellevue College. He’s also a member of Troop 700, out of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The council includes the counties of Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and the northern part of Mason, according to its website.
Busy as Barrus is, he hopes to finish the project before the end of the year arrives, and with it, the snow.
“I have to be flexible,” he said. “It’s a lot of money that I have to raise, and I have to raise all of it.”
How to help
If you want to assist Jacob Barrus with his Eagle Scout project, email him at email@example.com.
Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org.