SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Matthew Waters, a member of South Plainfield Boy Scout Troop #309, recently completed his Eagle Scout project. Thanks to Matthew and members of his troop the walls of the Future Stars gymnasium at the old Roosevelt building are now freshly painted.

Matthew learned that the gym was in need of being painted through his mother, who has been a Future Stars teacher for 30 years. Deciding to make it his Eagle Scout project, he put together an Eagle Scout Proposal and had it approved by both the Board of Eagle Scout Review and the South Plainfield Board of Education.

To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout - the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve - one must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project to any religious institution, school, or community. Eagle Scout projects must be complete by one’s 18th birthday; Matthew will turn 18 on Jan. 27.

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As a demonstration of leadership, the project requires a Scout to plan the work, organize the personnel needed, and direct the project to its completion. Scouts must also fundraise to support the project. The South Plainfield School District funded the cost of the paint, going with the color ‘Lucky Green,’ and Matthew sought donated supplies. Donations of paint trays, rollers, drop cloths, brushes, and more came from Sherwin-Williams Paint on Park Avenue and Home Depot on Hamilton Boulevard in South Plainfield and Lowes on Centennial Boulevard in Piscataway.

Thanks to the help from fellow troop members, parents and even his Scoutmasters, priming and painting was done from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 11 through Jan. 14.  “The whole project went very well,” said Matthew. “I am so thankful that I had the support from my whole troop. Everyone came together and got this done.”

Matthew had his Eagle Scout Board of Review on Monday and then must have his Final Scoutmaster's Conference with Troop #309 Scoutmaster Jeff Pauls. Finally, he must obtain approval from the Eagle Scout Committee Board of Review.

“I have been doing this for 12 years. I started back in first grade when I could first join Cub Scouts,” said Waters. “To make Eagle would be the best thing possible. It would be amazing.”

South Plainfield Boy Scout Troop #309 meets at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Plainfield Avenue and is comprised of 32 boys ages 12 to 18 years old. The troop is led by Scoutmaster Jeffery Pauls and Assistant Scoutmasters Brandon Griswold, Reeve Hastings, Dave Nuber, Rich Veit, and Scott Waters and includes Matthew, and includes Troy H., Nick S., Max R., Tim N., Jonathon C., Drew W., Doug V., Liam G., Ryan C., Colin F., Brady F., Anthony V.H., Andrew V.H., Louis Q., Kyle G., Patrick B., and Devon H. Additionally, the following adult volunteers/friends assisted Matthew with his project: Keith Both, Greg Ioriatti, Gary Rohrer, Pete Rachwal, and Nick Spadavecchia.