Although he had to take a break from athletics, Charles Wayne still wanted his Eagle Scout project to help Indian River High School. So the Eagle candidate built three portable equipment boxes for the IRHS Athletic Department.
To reach the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts plan their own community service project, and as an IR senior and equipment manager for football, Wayne knew the team “didn’t really have an equipment box.” With that in mind, he also approached the other sports teams: “Hey, would you like one, as well?’”
In the end, lacrosse, soccer and football said yes.
“This is your equipment box,” Wayne told soccer coach Steve Kilby on April 23. “The idea behind it is to outfit a whole player.”
The 4-by-1.5-foot wooden cart is 2 feet deep, with two compartments. The larger is wide open, while the smaller latches shut. With wheels at one end and a handle on the other, the cart only needs one person to tote it, like a wheelbarrow. Or it can stand up, like a closet.
As an added touch, the carts are painted green and gold.
The coaches praised the carts, already planning what could go inside: balls, water bottles, a special rack to hold lacrosse sticks.
“It was a lot of work to do, but it was worth it,” Wayne said.
For the construction of the boxes, 20 to 25 people total donated 111 man-hours over three days. That doesn’t include the design process or the fundraising.
Wayne’s parents stood by proudly, watching their son demonstrate the equipment box features.
“I’m just proud of him,” said Chuck Wayne. “I think Scouts has been great for him, because we have had zero problems with [discipline].”
Wayne thanked his father, his fellow scouts in Troop 382, Wilkins Custom Builders, Eddie Shockley, Bill Shockley, Teressa Disharoon of Dagsboro Paint& Wallpaper and Lowe’s Millsboro store manager Yvette Schreiber. (“This wouldn’t have been able to happen without her,” Wayne said of Disharoon).
“Just think how much time and energy this is going to save,” said Principal Bennett Murray. “We appreciate you and the Boy Scouts and what you’ve done.”
“It says a lot about the students we have here at Indian River,” Kilby said.
Lacrosse coach Jerry Sheridan said he was impressed with Wayne’s dedication to scouts and the school.
“You don’t see that a lot in young kids today,” he said.
Wayne had played some football, wrestling and track-and-field. But when his sports injuries (multiple concussions, plus post-concussive syndrome) pulled him off the field, he threw his energy into the newly-formed Boy Scout Troop 382.
He was named senior patrol leader in his first year.
“I think it turned out really well,” Wayne now says.
With the deadline of his 18th birthday approaching, he hoped to finish the official Eagle application quickly.
What should other scouts know about striving for rank of Eagle?
“It’s definitely worth it, in every essence of the word. Boy Scouts is the best thing in [my life],” said Wayne, who became a leader and a team player. “This is 13 years in the making, and every step of the way was great.”