Earning his wings

Adam Schutt of Minot took advantage of Saturday’s sunshine to rally a crew of landscapers to the aid of the Minot YWCA.

Working toward his Eagle Scout badge, Schutt was overseeing 15 to 20 recruits tearing out weeds, laying fabric and rocks and planting bushes around the YWCA. Home Depot donated fabric and Gravel Products offered a purchase discount and delivery of the rocks.

Schutt, a member of Troop 437 at Minot Air Force Base, said the landscaping is the biggest piece of a three-part project that he is performing for the YWCA. Previously, he and helpers assisted in removing items from a storage facility that the organization no longer needs to rent. Still remaining is the erection of a children’s swing set.

The YWCA through its Center of Hope provides emergency shelter to women and children and operates seven apartments for women with mental or physical disabilities.

Schutt’s project will

create a streamlined landscape that will be easier for YWCA staff to maintain.

Linda Randolph, YWCA resident manager, said the boulevard around the building had overgrown with weeds. The weeds were sprayed, but the landscaping still has needed attention for some time, she said. She had alerted local Scout troops in hopes that some members might be looking for community service work. So she was thrilled when Schutt contacted her.

Schutt said the project appealed to him because he has some experience with similar landscaping that his family did on their home. His parents are Rob and Michelle Schutt.

Schutt enlisted family and friends for Saturday’s project.

“A lot of them are from my Scout troop. A lot of them are my friends that I recruited,” he said. “I really like bringing the team together. I really like being a leader and working together to get things done.”

Schutt has gained management experience with MarketPlace Foods, although he is now starting a new job at Starbucks. He also is involved in band and jazz band at Magic City Campus, where he is a junior. He has been active in scouting for

10 years.