Worthington, 16, dedicated time to his Eagle Scout project on May 12. The project involved organizing and overseeing painting new lines on the basketball court and installing a funnel ball hoop at Rosy Mound Elementary School.
Worthington, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 165, said earning his Eagle rank has been a difficult journey, considering he’s also an avid athlete, playing both football and baseball.
“It shows how much you give back to your community, and it’s a good accomplishment overall,” he said of becoming an Eagle Scout.
The project is one part of the required steps in earning that rank. Worthington has two merit awards, for cooking and camping, to complete before he turns 18 in addition to completing paperwork and going before a board of review.
The Grand Haven High School sophomore designed his project as a way to give back to his former elementary school. He said he also knows some of the students who will benefit from the project because his mother, Heather, is a teacher at the school.
Worthington said the school’s PTA, his friends and fellow Boy Scouts helped him complete the project.
Scout Master Bruce Ostrow said he isn’t surprised Worthington is working to earn his Eagle rank. Ostrow said the young man leads by example, enjoys the camping aspect of Boy Scouts, and dedicates time to balancing academics, athletics and Boy Scouts.
Ostrow recalled Worthington’s project to earn his Star rank. The boy built a decoration for the troop’s summer camp spot. Worthington initiated and led the construction of two large poles with the 12 Boy Scout laws, which the troop now displays every year at camp, Ostrow said.
With some Boy Scouts also being involved in activities such as music, athletics and church, Ostrow said it comes down to balance and time management, which Worthington has done. He’s been playing football since fourth grade and baseball for as long as he can remember.
Worthington dedicates weekends to Boy Scouts because he often misses meetings during the week due to conflicts with sports. He said he loves sports, and scouting gives him the unique opportunity to go camping and fishing, as well as serve the community.
“I find that really rewarding,” he said.