Eagle Scout Project looking for volunteers with smart phones
CENTREVILLE — Boy Scout Troop 1829 Life Scout Tim Weibell has approval to do a unique Eagle Scout Project, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Chesterfield Cemetery in Centreville.
“This project has been done in other places around the nation,” Tim said. “It’s about helping people be able to do research work for their personal family history.”
Tim needs volunteers to come to the cemetery that morning with fully charged smartphones to take photos of individual headstones of each grave marked in the cemeter y.
“This is part of an app called BillionGraves,” Tim said. “The app will record the GPS location along with the photo of the headstone. This project will mean a lot to many people who want to find the graves of their ancestors. It will be of great value to those trying to know about the people who came before them.”
The information from each headstone can be uploaded into a massive family histor y database from the volunteers phones. That information will be used by people researching their family histories anywhere they live in the nation.
Tim has received permission to acknowledge service hours to students who need such hours toward their graduation requirements for helping with the Eagle Project.
Chesterfield Cemeter y opened in the 1840s for the town of Centreville.
When volunteers arrive, they will be assigned a certain row of marked graves to photograph with their Smart phone.
Eagle Scout Projects must have prior approval from the Area Boy Scout Council and must be deemed worthy to benefit the community in general.
The rain date for this event will be the following Saturday, Oct. 20.
Tim can be contacted via his personal email at timweibell@gmail. com.