ELLSWORTH — Christopher Wallace-DeJulio got his start in Scouting in the first grade when he joined Cub Scouts.
Now, the 17-year-old senior at Ellsworth High School is planning a project that will help him earn Boy Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.
A member of Ellsworth’s Boy Scout Troop 86, Wallace-DeJulio has played football at Ellsworth High School since he was a freshman.
As he thought about what he could do for a project to earn his Eagle Scout rank, he wanted to find something that aligned with what he was passionate about — such as football.
“I was really trying to find something I was interested in,” he said.
Wallace-DeJulio said he heard football coaches talking about the need for seating at the football field, and also “heard complaints from football fans saying there’s not enough places for fans to sit.” He realized that need for seating presented a “perfect opportunity.”
He has received approval from Boy Scout officials to build and donate bleachers — he hopes to build two sets for each side of the field — and to build a flag stand and donate a flag for use on top of the press box. He also has plans to have the Ellsworth eagle mascot painted on the front of the press box, and to repaint the players benches because the paint is old and falling off.
To accomplish his project, Wallace-DeJulio is looking for donations of materials from the community. In a letter he has sent to members of the area business community, he outlines his specific needs:
- 140 8-foot 2x4s
- 168 8-foot 2x6s
- 88 12-foot 2x10s
- Two boxes of bolts
- Two boxes of nuts
- Two boxes of washers.
“Any kind of donation would be greatly appreciated and anything will help,” he wrote in his letter.
For more information or to make a donation, Wallace-DeJulio can be reached either by email ([email protected]) or by calling 610-2398.
Wallace-DeJulio turns 18 in early May, and his project must be completed before then in order for him to earn his Eagle Scout rank.
His mother, Debbie DeJulio, said her son has decided to join the Air Force after he graduates from high school and said he will start at a higher rank in the military if he earns his Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts.
Ellsworth High School Athletic Director Josh Frost said the school is excited about and supportive of Wallace-DeJulio’s project.
Frost said painting an eagle on the front of the press box is a “really neat” idea that will help foster school spirit. The school had to find a flag to use at the field this year, so Frost said it would be “nice to have something permanent” like what Wallace-DeJulio is planning.
The bleachers envisioned as part of the Eagle Scout project, Frost said, “would be another upgrade that would be great for that field.”
Frost noted the Eagles football team had a good year this year, and he said having the new features Wallace-DeJulio intends to add would only serve to help the program in the future.
“Hopefully the kids will look at all that and say, ‘Hey, I want to play there,’” he said.