Holland resident Christian Blake Carr recently earned his Eagle Scout Award and was recognized in a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on November 23, 2013.
Christian, a member BSA Bucks County Council Troop 147 out of the Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland Pa, earned Boy Scouts highest honor after successfully completing his eagle service project, a memorial garden at Holland elementary school.
It had been a tradition at the Holland elementary school to honor former students and staff with memorial trees and markers. Unfortunately, many of the trees and markers were displaced due to renovations on the school property.
Christian’s project involved the design and completion of a memorial pathway, permanent placement of markers at the base of the trees, placement of benches and a memorial sign, and clearance of an adjacent, overgrown area of unused property. The garden is adjacent to the school parking lot. Christian’s project involved fundraising as well as contributions of equipment rentals and material discounts from multiple area businesses. Christian personally spent more than 50-hours of time completing his Eagle Scout project and enlisted he enlisted the assistance of adults both inside and outside of his troop, as well as his fellow scouts, for a total of 225 hours. Through this project Christian was able to objectively express his gratitude to his former school for the support they provide to him and his family during the multiple absences of his father for active service in the military.
Christian, son of Dr. Marcus (Marc) Carr (originally from Greensboro, NC) and Mrs. Sheryl (Sherri) Carr (originally from Virginia Beach, VA) both now of Holland, is a junior at Council Rock South High School. He participated in Soccer and Football during his middle school years and subsequently has been a member of the cross country and track teams at CRSH. He is also an active member of the Robotics club at South, and he attends Davisville Church.
Christian currently serves as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 147. He received the Arrow of Light award from Cub Scout Pack 147 prior to crossing over into Scouts. He is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and has earned 49 merit badges. He went on high adventure trips to Philmont Scout Ranch and Sea Base in The Florida Keys. He is also a full time councilor at Camp Ockanickon Scout Reservation where he has worked for the last three summers.
Christian’s father is an Eagle Scout (1963) and serves as an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 147. Christian’s brother, Stephen Carr, is also a member of Troop 147 and currently holds the rank of Life Scout.
Christian’s quote about his Eagle Scout Project is as follows:
“My Eagle scout project was an opportunity for me to
give back to the school that has always been there for me. I think I have
gained confidence as a result of being expected to take a real leadership role
in the work.”
Christian would also like to thank his family, friends, leaders, scouts, and the families from Troop 147 who donated time and money to help make his project a success. He would also like to thank Mr. Andy Sanko, Principle of Holland Elementary School for allowing him the opportunity to complete his project on the school campus. He would also like to recognize the Holland Elementary PTO for their generous financial contribution.