Many City of Chandler departments have identified special projects that could be implemented if dedicated volunteers step up to make them happen. In some cases, members of the community have proposed interesting projects to the City for consideration, and worked with Chandler staff to bring those ideas to fruition.
Many of these projects would not have happened without the assistance provided by prospective Eagle Scouts. In recent years, scouting service projects in municipal parks have included adding distance markers along pathways, planting trees, painting ramadas, refurbishing walking trails, and installing signs and benches. If you are a current Boy Scout preparing to apply to become an Eagle Scout, the City of Chandler may be able to provide you with some possible service project ideas to help you fulfill your quest.
The following is a list of City departments and community organizations to contact for more information:
- Chandler Community Services Department
Projects vary, and potential Eagle Scouts have numerous opportunities to participate in clean-ups and improvements to the parks in their community. Light fixture construction, installation of barbeque grills, concrete slab pouring, fence painting and occasional planting projects are only a few of the options scouts can propose.
- Chandler Neighborhood Resources
Previous projects have included neighborhood and alley cleanups, painting projects, assisting older residents with home maintenance and repairs, and refurbishing bicycles for children.
- Arizona Railway Museum
The Arizona Railway Museum located at the southwest corner of Tumbleweed Park, has been the site of numerous Eagle Scout projects. The museum consists of an indoor exhibit area and an extended outdoor exhibit of train cars, tracks and other nostalgic artifacts relating to the railways. Scouts have repainted and restored train cars, as well as helped to clean the yard, and created lasting results that can be seen by the general public every day.
Arizona Railway Museum
330 E. Ryan Road
About the Eagle Scout Designation
Young men with exemplary leadership skills have the option of applying to become Eagle Scouts. The lifelong honor is reserved for boys under the age of 18 who have achieved the status of Life Scout, and who manage to complete a series of requirements. One of these requirements is a community service project, which must be approved. For Chandler scouts who need help finding ideas to fulfill this portion of their application, this web page may be of help.
If you are a prospective Eagle Scout, be sure to get out into your community! Find a park pathway that needs cleaning, a museum that needs volunteer help maintaining an exhibit, or a road that needs work done. Find people in need in your area, and find a creative way to meet their needs. Some ideas have included helping incarcerated inmates gather yarn for and prepare afghans, planting seeds in a cemetery, food and toy drives and helping public libraries. Most importantly, the project may not aid a single individual, or take away the opportunity for a person to earn wages doing the same work.