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Eagle Scout project honors Willard Inscoe
INSCOE IS HONORED – Tyler Lawrence (at left) watches as Willard Inscoe cuts the ribbon on the nature trail he built as part of his Eagle Scout project. Lawrence dedicated the trail to Inscoe. (Contributed photo)
Members of Rock Creek Baptist Church have always wanted a nature trail in the woods behind their facility. Tyler Lawrence made that dream a reality.

Lawrence recently completed a nature trail at the church as part of his Boy Scout Eagle Project. Lawrence is a member of Red Oak Troop 16.

A dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, October 24, where the trail was dedicated to Willard Inscoe, who at 95-years-old, is the oldest member of the church.

Lawrence, 17, said when he started thinking of things to do for his eagle project, his thoughts immediately went to his church.

“It was a vision there to have a trail in the woods,” he said. “When I had all my merit badges done and completed and started thinking of a project, I just decided to give back to the church and give them a walking trail.”

In October 2009, Lawrence began working on the trail. Through fundraisers and a generous donation of materials from Rodney Eason and Nashville Welding, Lawrence was able to get the supplies and money needed to build the trail.

Lawrence said he wanted to dedicate the trail to Mr. Inscoe because of his dedication to the church, especially the youth.

“Ever since I’ve been in youth with Rock Creek, he always helps out every Sunday afternoon,” Lawrence said. “He’s a real nice man. He’s always there for you. He’s a great person and he’s dedicated to what he does.”

Another way Lawrence is honoring members of the church is by placing birdhouses in honor of deceased Rock Creek members throughout the trail.

“As we keep going, we keep finding past members of the church,” he said. “We’ll constantly keep building (birdhouses) and they have plenty of places to put them.”

Lawrence said being in scouts and working towards the highest rank one can obtain in it, the Eagle Scout, has been fun.

“It shows that you can be dedicated to one thing, no matter what it is,” Lawrence said. “It shows you are willing to start a project and finish a project and you won’t quit until it’s done.”

“You get a leadership role out of it, planning role, basically it just teaches you skills that you’ll need when you’ll get older,” he added.

Lawrence said he hopes the trail at Rock Creek serves as a place for not only church members but for the whole community.

“I wanted it to be for the church and the community,” he said. “It’s a perfect place to get away. You go back there with an open mind and you’ll forget about everything else.”

“I want it to be a getaway place for everybody,” Lawrence added.

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