September 23, 2017
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  • After he witnessed bad weather causing an inconvenience for kids at the Bayside Beach bus stop, Chris Carson decided to build a shelter.
    After he witnessed bad weather causing an inconvenience for kids at the Bayside Beach bus stop, Chris Carson decided to build a shelter.
  • Created by Troop 441, Chris Carson’s shelter features a concrete pad and wooden, vinyl-covered columns with a roof. A bench will be added to provide seating.
    Created by Troop 441, Chris Carson’s shelter features a concrete pad and wooden, vinyl-covered columns with a roof. A bench will be added to provide seating.
  • Created by Troop 441, Chris Carson’s shelter features a concrete pad and wooden, vinyl-covered columns with a roof. A bench will be added to provide seating.
    Created by Troop 441, Chris Carson’s shelter features a concrete pad and wooden, vinyl-covered columns with a roof. A bench will be added to provide seating.
  • Created by Troop 441, Chris Carson’s shelter features a concrete pad and wooden, vinyl-covered columns with a roof. A bench will be added to provide seating.
    Created by Troop 441, Chris Carson’s shelter features a concrete pad and wooden, vinyl-covered columns with a roof. A bench will be added to provide seating.

Boy Scout Builds Bayside Beach Bus Shelter For Eagle Project

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July 12, 2017

Bayside Beach resident and Boy Scout Chris Carson just designed and built a bus stop in his community to earn the Eagle Award, the highest honor in Boy Scouts.

“Growing up in the neighborhood, I saw kids sitting in cars at the bus stop when there’s bad weather,” explained Carson, a rising senior at Chesapeake High School. “So the community and I thought it would be a good idea to construct a bus shelter.”

Carson first proposed the bus stop project in the fall 2016. His scoutmaster, Mike Phelps, and the Boy Scouts Area Council approved the idea by late fall. With Bayside Beach community support, Carson moved forward with his initiative.

“I had to fundraise for quite a few months,” he noted. Homelife Remodeling donated materials, as did 84 Lumber, which also donated $600. The Bayside Beach Improvement Association provided $575.50. Carson printed fliers that he distributed in the neighborhood, and individual residents gave $945 for the bus shelter.

With neighborhood approval of his design, construction began at the end of May. “I led the whole process,” Carson said. “I had quite a few helpers — a lot of scouts and adults and friends in the community.” His dad, George Carson, and another Troop 441 parent, Darin Hansel, served as advisers on the project.

The shelter features a concrete pad and wooden, vinyl-covered columns with a roof. A bench will be added to provide seating. When holes were dug for the support columns, they filled with water, presenting an unexpected challenge. Proximity to the water and recent rainfall may have been factors.

“We tried to pump it out, but it kept filling in,” Carson said. In the end, the crew solved the problem by digging holes that were eight inches deeper and filling them with stones for drainage. Concrete was poured to provide a sturdy setting for the columns. Building the shelter took several weeks with an estimated 40 hours of labor. Work was completed on June 24.

In the coming weeks, Carson will submit a final report of his work to the Boy Scouts Area Council. It will document the planning, fundraising and construction phases of the project, with a log of hours worked.

“I’d like to thank everyone that helped and donated,” Carson said. He is proud of his endeavor and pursuit of the Eagle Award. “It shows something about your character,” he said of the award. “It shows a lot of commitment and good spirit. A lot of people look up to it.”

A member of Troop 441, which meets at the VFW Post on Bayside Beach Road, Carson has participated in Boy Scouts for about eight years. He enjoys the outdoors and adventuring. “My favorite thing about scouting is probably all the experiences and friendships that you build over time,” he said.

Carson has played football, and done track and cross country at Chesapeake. After graduating from high school, he hopes to study math and science in college.


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