Boy Scouts spearhead EMCC Chapel work


SCOOBA — Braden Smith and other mem­bers of Boy Scouts of America Troop 70 in Meridian upgraded the meditation garden adja­cent to the Chapel in the Pines on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.

Smith planned and exe­cuted the work, along with his fellow troop members, for his Eagle Scout Service Project, the final step in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program.

Smith and the other Troop 70 members re­moved tree limbs and de­bris from the garden and pruned, fertilized and mulched rose bushes. They also planted daylilies donated by Scooba resident Debbie Waller.

In addition, the Scouts pressure-washed side­walks and concrete an­gels and pedestals, which were placed throughout the garden.

After completing the proj­ect, the Scouts enjoyed a brief time of prayer and devotional and were presented a history of the chapel by Mary M. Smith, who is the coordinator for the Chapel in the Pines, which serves as home to the Student Christian Fellowship, Baptist Student Union, Wesley Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Braden Smith is a seven-year State Superior Bible Drill win­ner and a member of Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian where he operates the lights and sound for the church’s 40-member youth group. He participated in a mission project for the church in New Orleans over spring break.

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