Boy Scout builds shed for American Legion Post 351 for Eagle project

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 25, 2021

 Colin Kucera, who is in Troop 90, of Utica, recently built a brand-new shed for his Eagle Scout project at the American Legion Post 351 in Utica.

Colin Kucera, who is in Troop 90, of Utica, recently built a brand-new shed for his Eagle Scout project at the American Legion Post 351 in Utica.

Photo provided by Tricia Kucera

 Other scouts help Colin Kucera put the shed together.

Other scouts help Colin Kucera put the shed together.

Photo provided by Tricia Kucera

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Becoming an Eagle Scout is a huge accomplishment for a Boy Scout.

Rochester Hills resident Colin Kucera, 17, who is a member of Troop 90 in Utica, decided to take on this challenge by building a brand new shed at the American Legion Post 351 in Utica to earn the title.

When Kucera contacted the post commander to see how he could help the Legion with his Eagle project, the commander said he needed a shed to store items that he was keeping inside such as walkers, wheelchairs, a grill and coolers.

Kucera built a big wooden shed for the Legion with the help of other volunteers. The shed was completed the same day as the Legion’s annual picnic.

The shed he helped build was a 12-by-10-foot wooden structure. The shed was donated by 84 Lumber. Kucera’s uncle, Ken, works for the company.

Kucera reached out to 84 Lumber in Pennsylvania. He asked if he could send a proposal to ask for a discount or for help with a donation of some materials. With the elevated cost of lumber this season, he was hopeful to get a little help. He said he was so surprised to get an email stating that the company would not only donate a kit, but deliver it to the Legion.

Fellow troop members assisted Kucera with building the shed, which required cutting most of the wood and painting.

He said that, after all the help the Legion has provided his Boy Scout troop over the years, he wanted to give back to it.

He said he was touched at the overwhelming support he received. When it came time to build the shed, he had volunteer support from fellow Scouts and several parents, including his dad and his mom, who drove him to many appointments and took him to stores to price shop.

He said the project was quite a bit of work and he appreciated the many volunteers who helped during the week and a half of construction.

He began the project back in May and then got busy researching sheds, working with the building inspector and giving his proposals to the troop and to the BSA District council. Then he had a fundraising campaign throughout June and early July. Construction began in early August and continued into the second week.

Kucera said he has learned many things, from meeting with city inspectors to organizing his fundraising campaign. He learned about building and construction, and how to lead his volunteer helpers.

“Honestly, the most challenging part of the project is all the paperwork and keeping up with correspondences,” he said.

Kucera will most likely have his board of review for the Eagle Scout rank sometime in late fall.

Legion Commander Dave DeBlauwe said he felt the project went very well.

“I was most appreciative that this will free up some storage issues for the inside,” he said via email.

He said he believes that Scouting is a big part of the future of the country, and he wants to help Scouts achieve their goals.

“The American Legion is happy to support all Scouts. They also help to support meetings for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. I am very appreciative of all the Troop 90 does for them, as well,” he said.

Kucera has been in Scouts since the first grade and has always been fond of the outdoors.

He said he has learned many things while being in Scouts.

“I have learned so many great skills in Scouts,” he said via email.

Kucera goes to Rochester High School. He is also enrolled at Oakland Schools Technical Campuses studying welding, and he early enrolled at Oakland Community College to earn an associate degree in applied science. Kucera said he discovered his career path in Scouts while working on the welding merit badge at D-Bar-A Scout Ranch summer camp in Metamora.

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