Metuchen High School's Keaton
Weidmaier is working on his Eagle Scout project, doing some rehab on the front of the
Old Franklin Schoolhouse. How is he planning to spruce the place up and how did
he choose this as the focus of this long-range project? Keaton told MM all
How long have you been a Boy
Scout? How do you become an Eagle Scout?
KW: I've been a Boy Scout for
about 4 years, and a Cub Scout since I was in first grade. To become an Eagle
Scout, you have to successfully complete the requirements of the ranks of
Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life. Then you have to
complete a project and get 21 merit badges.
What is the Eagle Scout project in general? Is it a community
service project? What does Boy Scouts expect you to do in order for them to
acknowledge and approve your project?
KW: An Eagle Scout project is a
long lasting, community benefiting effort. The general consensus of what the
average project is something that doesn't benefit the scout directly, lasts for
a long time, and is something that the community will welcome.
Why did you choose the OFS as
the focus of your project -- and in what way are you working to raise money to help it? What
will the money be used for?
KW: To be honest, I chose the Old
Franklin School (or Borough Improvement League, which is the technical name)
because it was [a good fit]. Fundraising-wise, I've been helping out at BIL
events, doing things like making and selling food. The money will be used to
install a picket fence around the front of the building, build an information
kiosk, and restore the Old Franklin School sign. If you drive by the school,
you'll notice that the sign is gone. I'm currently giving it new coats of
Why did you have a connection
to this as a possible project? What need did you see that you wanted to fill?
KW: I had a connection to this
project from my scout master, who suggested it to me at some point. As for [what]
needed to be filled, it was just how old the place looks. Some TLC was all it
really needed, so I figured the best place to start was on the outside.
Will you be documenting the
project as it moves forward? In what way?
KW: I have a website dedicated to updating the world on my
progress (link below).
Good luck, Keaton! We will
all enjoy the spiffed-up schoolhouse when you're done! Thanks for taking the
time to help improve a Metuchen landmark.
Check out further info on the project at this link.