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Scout’s Eagle project benefits local church

May 2, 2019

HURRICANE — Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church will soon have its very own prayer garden, thanks to a local Boy Scout’s initiative.

Sam Warner, a 14-year-old scout from Hurricane’s Troop 236 and a student at Hurricane Middle School, has chosen to build a prayer garden as a part of the effort to earn his Eagle Scout rank, which is the highest achievement of rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program.

“My church needed one, but they couldn’t afford it, so I decided to help out,” Warner said of his motivation to choose a prayer garden as his project.

Forrest Burdette has recently gone through some major building renovations and additions, which depleted the funds. With the assistance from his troop friends and adult volunteers, Warner says he is planning to complete the garden by June 1.

He and his team will plant flowers and trees that Warner himself picked out. There will be three stone benches installed with a graveled path through the garden. Through a fundraising effort, Warner was able to come up with $2,800 to help purchase the supplies.

“I am so proud of him for coming up with the idea and planning everything all by himself,” said Sam’s mother, Sarah Warner.