At the young age of 13, Brandon Hollister is extremely goal-oriented.
Hollister, a Boy Scout with Troop 114, recently completed his Eagle Scout project and expects to earn his Eagle rank at the end of the summer.
He began planning his Eagle Scout project in February after he was approached by his Northwest Little League coach, Jon Wade, who asked him if he could build some helmet boxes in the dugouts at George Park.
After this discussion, Hollister chose to construct helmet boxes to put up in the park’s four dugouts and he also erected a flagpole at the park.
“I’ve been playing with the Northwest Little League here since I was 4 or 5 years old,” he said. “I had to leave last year because they do not have a 13- to 14-year-old league. I just wanted to help the league out.”
In order to execute his Eagle Scout project, Hollister first needed to raise $2,000 for the project. He said he got his first $25 from a neighbor and another $100 from his grandfather. He also approached the Northwest Little League board, which donated $1,500. Another individual donated $400 to help him meet his goal.
Hollister added that Century Lumber donated “a lot of the wood” to use for the project, and Sherwin Williams donated paint. He had five to 10 volunteers helping with the project at a time.
“It (time working on the project) was spread out a lot because we built these (helmet boxes) at Jon Wade’s house over a couple days. We painted them and sprayed them on different days,” he said. “I went to his house alone to learn how to build them and then we got together as a group to build the rest of them. We came one day and dug the holes. Another day we put the posts in and cemented them.”
Now that his Eagle Scout project is completed, Hollister said the boxes will benefit the Northwest Little League for years to come.