Ea­gle Scout project ben­e­fits Rab­bit Run Theater

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Since Arthur El­dred be­came the first Ea­gle Scout in 1912, the rank has rep­re­sented a mile­stone of ac­com­plish­ment that is rec­og­nized world­wide, and it is a goal for which ev­ery Scout strives.

As the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica web­site says, “Ea­gle Scout is not just an award; it is a state of be­ing.”

Some well-known Ea­gle Scouts in­clude Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford, film­maker Stephen Spiel­berg and the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

One of the ma­jor com­po­nents in be­com­ing an Ea­gle Scout is the com­ple­tion of a ser­vice project.

This project is cre­ated, planned and brought to fruition by the Ea­gle Scout can­di­date, and it must ben­e­fit a com­mu­nity, a school or a re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tion.

Trevor Baker, a se­nior at Madi­son High School, has been a Boy Scout and a mem­ber of Troop 55 since 2011. In seek­ing the rank of Ea­gle Scout, Trevor chose to work on a project ben­e­fit­ting Rab­bit Run Com­mu­nity Arts As­so­ci­a­tion (RRCAA) in Madi­son.

Trevor de­signed and built two new wood racks for cos­tume stor­age for Rab­bit Run Theater.

The racks are dou­ble sided with re­in­forced rods, stor­age plat­forms on the top and bot­tom and equipped with cast­ers for easy move­ment.

Troy John­son, prop­er­ties com­mit­tee chair for RRCAA as well as the com­mit­tee chair­man for Troop 55, was aware of the need for more cos­tume stor­age and ap­proached Baker with the idea last spring. Upon project ap­proval Baker drew the nec­es­sary plans, pro­cured ma­te­ri­als and con­structed the racks with the help of his fa­ther, Ge­orge Baker, and sev­eral mem­bers of Troop 55.

“My project had to be of ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity,” says Baker, “and it’s nice to know that the cos­tume racks help Rab­bit Run Theater with the pro­duc­tion of its plays. The chal­leng­ing part of this project was the ac­tual plan­ning. As­sem­bling the racks was the easy part.”

“Cos­tume stor­age is an on-go­ing chal­lenge,” said Brint Learned, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of RRCAA, “so we ap­pre­ci­ate the hard work and ef­fort that Trevor put into the cos­tume racks. They are much needed, and Trevor did a great job putting them to­gether.”

Upon grad­u­a­tion, Baker in­tends to at­tend Bowl­ing Green State Univer­sity to ma­jor in com­puter sci­ence.

RRCAA is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fer­ing year-round in­struc­tion in all the ma­jor dis­ci­plines of the fine and per­form­ing arts. RRCAA also op­er­ates Rab­bit Run Theater, one of the few barn the­aters still in op­er­a­tion.

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