Deerfield Eagle Scout’s path comes full circle
Deerfield 16-year-old Sean Graham shows off his Eagle Scout project at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He sanded and varnished a number of tables at the Children's Outdoor Education Facility. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 7, 2012 10:36AM
DEERFIELD — Sean Graham enjoyed visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden as a child, so completing an Eagle Scout project benefitting his favorite childhood venue was an easy decision.
The Deerfield High School junior officially earned his Eagle Scout badge during a ceremony Sept. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, but achieving that goal took much longer.
Achieving the rank of an Eagle Scout takes a lot of dedicated work, and anywhere from four to six years to achieve.
“Scouting has been something wonderful to me, I can’t even describe what it’s meant,” Graham said.
Graham’s Eagle Scout pursuit ended last month when he completed a renovation of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Children’s Outdoor Learning Center.
Graham refinished 12 tables, 24 benches and helped refresh the building as well. To complete the project, Graham scheduled six work days in which he solicited help from 32 volunteers comprised of friends and other scouts. The entire effort took 170 volunteer hours.
Graham said it was enjoyable working at a place he spent so much time at as a child.
“It was once told to me that reaching an Eagle Scout is one of the only things you’ll accomplish before you’re 18 and take with you all your life,” Graham said.
Since he’s made a lot of close friends through the scouting program, he said he absolutely plans to stay apart of it.
“There’s always a higher goal,” said Graham.
That next goal, he said, is his continued pursuit toward being apart of Order of the Arrow.