‘Make your dad proud’
Travis will set up tables with water, suicide-awareness bracelets and wristbands as well as pamphlets about everything from common misconceptions about suicide to dealing with its aftermath.
The North Stafford student especially wants to present options, such as counseling or support groups, for people suffering with depression or other types of mental illness.
Travis and his older brother, Chuck, have a lot of great memories of Cub Scout activities and fishing, hiking and hunting with their dad, an avid outdoorsman. The brothers have the cars they made with their father and entered in Pinewood Derby races.
Chuck’s 2-year-old son, Ryder, plays with them these days, and the Wolfe family looks forward to the day he can join Scouting.
But Travis also remembers the darker side of his father’s later years, when he struggled with addiction to alcohol and pills. As his anxiety levels increased, Rick Wolfe had more trouble coping with crowds of people and eventually withdrew from activities.
He was 49 when he died. “I wanted a way to memorialize him,” Travis said, “and when I look back on my Eagle Scout project, I want it to be for something good.”
“So you can make your dad proud,” his mother added.
Boy Scout Travis Wolfe was motivated to do his Eagle Scout project in memory of his father, Rick.