Love for grandmother motivates Boy Scout Eagle project

Love for grandmother motivates Boy Scout Eagle project
Ashley Strickland, Ronald McDonald House marketing manager, with Nick Snyder, Boy Scout with Troop 906.

Nick Snyder, a Boy Scout with Troop 906, can thank his grandmother for his Eagle Scout project. Snyder’s grandmother, Lois Schwinger, has a long-standing relationship of volunteering for Ronald McDonald House and he wanted to do something to benefit them. 

Snyder enjoys woodworking and has created several other projects in the past, and proposed corn hole boards for the children to play with. He met with Ashley Strickland, marketing manager, to discuss the project, and the Ronald McDonald House also asked him to make a small picnic table to go in their play area.  

Kamm Eckles, Nick Snyder, Andrew Snyder, Jack O'Malley, Emiliano Makros and Liam Leonard participated in the Ronald McDonald House Light Up the House 5K.
Kamm Eckles, Nick Snyder, Andrew Snyder, Jack O’Malley, Emiliano Makros and Liam Leonard participated in the Ronald McDonald House Light Up the House 5K.

Ten Scouts helped Snyder with the project over the course of three weekends, and the total time it took to complete it was about 10 to 12 hours. The funds were obtained through many generous donations, including from the Men’s Garden Club.

“I have been in Scouting since I was in first grade. I started as a Tiger Cub and I am excited that I have completed my Eagle project and look forward to becoming an Eagle Scout,” said Snyder, who is a sophomore at The Episcopal School of Jacksonville. “My troop at the Saint John’s Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville has helped me move through the ranks and has made it possible and enjoyable to be in Scouts.”  

Snyder and five members of the troop also participated in the Light Up the House Charity Run for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville on Dec 1.

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