Medina earns Eagle Scout Award
GRASONVILLE — On May 15, Matthew Medina received the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. Heis a member of Ruthsburg Troop 464, sponsored by the Ruthsburg Community Center, and the son of Johnny and Barbara Medina of Centreville.
For his Eagle Project, Medina rebuilt a bird blind over Lake Knapp at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. The project began with Medina and his volunteers demolishing the existing blind that was build in the 1980s.
After clearing away the debris of the old blind, the group then built a new bird blind. They framed and installed the walls, built the roof structure, attached wall sheeting, and rebuilt walkway railing with new pickets.
The blind was completed in June 2015 and has been used by many CBEC visitors to watch and photograph the birds and other wildlife at Lake Knapp.
This was a very involved project and took many weekends to complete. A total of 38 different individuals assisted with this effort; 17 youth and 21 adults. Combined they spent over 600 hours working on the bird blind.
Prior to earning the Eagle Scout rank, Medina successfully completed 32 merit badges. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has completed National Youth Leadership Training, Leave No Trace Awareness Training and Leave No Trace Trainer Training. He has held many leadership positions in Troop 464 including Troop Librarian, Den Chief, Patrol Leader, Instructor, and Troop Guide.
Medina is 16 years old and a sophomore at Queen Anne’s County High School. In high school, he is a member of the National Honor Society, the It’s Academic Club, the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Band, and the Pit Orchestra. He plans to attend college and earn a degree in computer engineering or computer science.
Matthew Medina, joined by his parents Johnny and Barbara Medina, receives his Eagle Scout pin from Jamie Goodman, Charter Organization Representative from the Ruthsburg Community Center (the charter organization for Troop 464), in a ceremony at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, May 15. From left, Johnny Medina, Barbara Medina, Matthew Medina and Jamie Goodman.
This pie chart shows the different types of trash collected during the Earth Day cleanup in Queen Anne’s County.
Medina and volunteers work to complete a bird blind at CBEC for the Eagle Scout Project.