By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Sixteen-year-old Trevor Mages of Cokato received the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout during a ceremony Sept. 19.
The ceremony took place at Stockholm Lutheran Church, where Mages attends church and where his Eagle Scout project was formulated.
An Eagle Scout project must benefit a community, church, or city with the objective that the Scout manages the project, recruits volunteers, and collects funding, according to Tim Steuck, former Scoutmaster. Steuck worked closely with Mages on his Eagle Scout project.
With an interest in carpentry, Mages’ original plan was to repair his church’s utility shed.
After gathering input from other church members, Mages decided that the recently donated playground could use a picnic shelter next to it instead.
“Synergy took over and this wonderful project emerged,” Steuck said, who commended Mages on his Eagle Scout project, as well as his good work ethic.
He started planning the project in June 2009, including having plans drawn and buying the building materials for a 24-by-32-foot shelter.
The total project took about three months, with final completion in mid-September of 2009.
Actual construction of the shelter took about five days, with the majority of the work completed in the first three days.
During the construction process, Mages had about 32 helpers, mainly church members and fellow Boy Scouts and their family members, he said.
The most challenging aspects of the job were the actual construction and coordinating the volunteers, Mages said.
“It was bigger than I thought it would be,” he added.
During the construction, Mages was responsible for dividing up the work and keeping everyone busy.
Throughout the project, Mages was appreciative of Ray Youngkrantz, who he considered to be his mentor. Youngkrantz also serves on the church’s property committee making him considerably helpful to Mages from planning to construction of the picnic shelter.
“It was very much a community church project,” said his mother, Jeanne Mages.
With the number of helpers, Mages was able to get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time.
By the end of the first day, the basic structure was built and the tin was on the roof, according to Mages.
For him, it was fun to see the project moving so far, so fast.
“It was cool to see the progress,” Mages said.
“It was really neat seeing the adults working with the kids and teaching them how to do things,” Jeanne commented. “They were real patient.”
The church uses the shelter for a number of events and activities throughout the year, according to Pastor Mark Little, who also noted that the park is open for use by the community, as well.
“It’s really been a nice gift,” Little said, and commented on Mages’ respectful and pleasant nature. “He’s a tremendous young man,” Little said.
Mages learned a lot from his Eagle Scout project and has plans to pursue a career in carpentry after high school, he said.
“He’s got a bright future ahead of him,” Steuck said.
Being in Boy Scouts has taught Mages to “be prepared and ready for anything,” he said, and he encourages young boys to give it a chance and stick with Scouts.
“It gets to be pretty fun when you get to know the other kids and do more activities,” he said.
Mages is also involved in FFA at Dassel-Cokato High School and participates in poultry judging.
Mages is the son of David and Jeanne Mages of Cokato.