First Posted: 4/14/2014
Andrew McCarroll, of Lehman, is the first Scout from Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop 146 to complete his Eagle Scout Service Project. The troop was established in February 2010.
The Eagle Scout Service Project, or more simply the Eagle Scout Project, is the opportunity for a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout or qualified Venturer in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. This is the culmination of the Eagle Scout candidate’s leadership training and it requires a significant effort on his part. The project must benefit an organization other than the BSA
When officials at McCarroll’s church, St. Aloysius in Wilkes-Barre, decided it was no longer cost effective to keep the convent on the church property intact, the Scout decided to take on the project of transforming a classroom in the school building and turn it into a chapel that would benefit his religious community and surrounding local community.
McCarroll recruited fellow Boy Scouts, family, friends and parishioners to help. The group found itself taking closets apart, removing chalkboards from the walls, painting and cleaning the room. When those tasks were finished, McCarroll and his recruits installed pews and an altar to the newly-renovated space, along with all the trappings to make the room into a complete chapel.
The project started during the summer and was completed within a few months. The new chapel is called the Sacred Heart Chapel and is now used for daily mass, is easily accessible to parishioners and is saving the parish money on utilities.
The Sacred Heart Chapel was visited by the Most Reverend Joseph Bambera, Bishop of Scranton and an opening mass was celebrated by Fr. Kevin Mullhern. McCarroll also had a special prayer service for Boy Scout Troop 146 to celebrate his accomplishment.
Fr. Kevin Mullhern is pastor of St. Aloysius Church.
The son of Todd and Judy McCarroll, of Lehman, McCarroll is a sophomore at Holy Redeemer High School.