Triple Eagle Scouts

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Reeves triplets help each other achieve Scouts’ highest rank

by Denise Johnston/for Carolina Gateway
Three young men have given back to their community and received the rank of Eagle Scout and Good Citizenship Awards for their efforts May 12 at a Court of Honor in the field trial barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway.
Walker, Jackson and Grey Reeves, rising juniors at Indian Land High School, all worked on projects that benefitted the ASC greenway, a 2,100-acre nature preserve in Fort Mill. Each developed and designed his own project under the guidance of Bill Steele, greenway employee.
Parents Jason and Dawn Reeves are proud of their 16-year-old triplets’ accomplishments and treasured the experience as the boys worked together and supported one another. Their sons joined Scout Troop 502 at Harrison United Methodist Church in Pine-ville, N.C., at age 6 as Tiger Cubs. They each completed a community project and the required 21 merit badges to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Eagle projects
Walker’s project encouraged the native reforestation of a 2-acre area containing two trails by the removal of invasive plant species. He and his team spent a week of hard labor eradicating non-native plants, such as Chinese privet, silver thorn and kudzu. Walker also installed four Eastern bluebird houses and just five days after their installation, bluebirds had taken up residence in the houses.
Walker, who enjoys being outdoors, said he knew his project would be a “great opportunity to show what teamwork can accomplish.”
Jackson constructed a 24-by-12-foot horse shelter in one of the greenway’s pastures. It provides shade and protection from the weather for three to four horses at a time. Jackson used nine power poles donated by York Electric Cooperative and metal harvested from his uncle’s barn. He spent several weeks working with the metal to get it in shape for the shelter’s roof. Jackson has a special place in his heart for horses since his family owns a couple of them. Jackson photographed other shelters and made drawings since he had no blueprints or materials list.
Jackson said he “enjoyed working on the project with his brothers and helping out the greenway and the horses.”
Grey’s undertaking turned out to be the 100th Eagle Scout project at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. He planted a native pollinator garden next to the Nature Center. Pike’s Nursery discounted the plants he used in the garden. Steele showed him a large pile of rocks nearby that he was able to use for the garden’s border. Some of the rocks were used to create a water feature for pollinator insects, such as butterflies. He used a pond filter covered in sand that stays moist topped with flat rocks to provide an insect “watering hole.” He removed milkweed (a wildflower repugnant to horses) from a pasture and transplanted it into his pollinator garden.
Grey said he wanted to “preserve nature for kids so they can enjoy seeing wildlife that comes to the garden.”
The three brothers, their parents, other Scouts and Scout leaders labored for more than 500-man hours to complete the three outdoor projects. The new Eagle Scouts agreed that the experience created a strong work ethic and developed their leadership skills. They look forward to continuing in Scouts until they reach the age of 18.
Flag, award presentation
IL American Legion Post 250 Commander  Jerry Marcus presented each of the Reeves triplets with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, donated by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. AL Post 250 Adjutant William Chick presented each of them with the Legion’s Good Citizenship Awards.
They also received congratulatory letters from York County and S.C. Sen. Greg Gregory on achieving Eagle Scout status.