Eagle Scout remodels church closet

May 14, 2013

By Staff

Over the course of four days and 185 hours of volunteer work, Matthew Harlan, of Sammamish, organized the cleanup and repair of a previously unusable storage closet at a local church. Harlan, a member of Boy Scout troop 575 in Redmond was responsible for cleaning out the closet, installing shelves, replacing sheetrock and organizing the closet to earn his Eagle Scout Award, according to an email from Harlan’s father.

Harlan chose to work at the Meadow Creek Church in Redmond, because he wanted to give back to the community and the church family, his father Mike Harlan said. The project, which began March 30, was completed in four days, on April 4. Harlan stated in his project proposal that the church childcare center, where the closet is located, has been partially remodeled but needs more work. Harlan also painted the basement, to make it more inviting to children.

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Matthew Harlan stands in a Meadow Creek Church storage closet he refurbished for his Eagle Scout project.

For his project, Harlan removed and sorted the contents of the closet, disposed of unneeded items, fixed the ceiling, swept and cleaned, installed custom shelves and replaced the contents, organized and labeled in bins on the shelf. Twelve other Boy Scouts assisted Harlan, who led the project.

The purpose of the Eagle Scout Award is to give the Scout an opportunity to “plan, develop and give leadership to others,” according to the Boy Scouts of America website.


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