Country Day Students Earns Eagle Scout Award
Spencer Rodenberg, Cincinnati Country Day School Class of 2021, earned his Eagle Scout rank from Montgomery Scout Troup 674. Spencer worked with Country Day faculty members to envision, plan and construct a garden that could be used as part of the curriculum. His work was part of the 21 merit badges needed for Eagle Scout rank.
Spencer wanted his project to have both an immediate, and a long-lasting impact for Country Day. During the planning stages, different projects were contemplated. "We looked at several projects that could meet our requirements, including a composter," stated Spencer. "We eventually settled on a garden that students could use over and over and actually see progress during a large portion of the year."
The project was not without it's challenges according to Kaki Scheer, Director of Outdoor Education for CCDS." Spencer started raising money for the supplies with a bake sale. His plan was to return from Spring Break and build the project, but COVID-19 had other ideas. He was unable to gain access to campus through the spring and summer, so he completed the project during the first week of school," Sheer said. "Even then, he had to navigate new protocols to enter campus, wearing a mask, and maintaining social distancing."
The project was completed on the playground of the Early Childhood Center, home to Country Day's youngest students. Early Childhood teacher Tara McMullen Hofstetter was instrumental in making the project happen. "We plan to incorporate the garden into the curriculum to teach children about living in the natural world. The garden that Spencer created will provide valuable lessons for many years to our young learners."
When Spencer was asked how he envisioned his project, he said, "I hope it is used to enrich the learning of the younger students and that perhaps it can grow into additional gardens. Who knows maybe soon we'll have a CCDS version of the hanging gardens."
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. This prestigious award is widely recognized throughout the country and is based on accomplishing a set of national standards. Eagle means you have finished 21 or more merit badges, been a leader of your Troop, know what it means to be of service to others, and is someone who shows character by their "actions".
Picture caption(s): Eagle Scout and Country Day senior Spencer Rodenberg '21 of Troop 674 in Montgomery is assisted by his brother Asher '27 completing a garden project on the Cincinnati Country Day Campus for his Eagle Scout Merit Badge.