A double helping

A Minot Boy Scout who brought smiles to Minot YWCA staff and residents with a landscaping project and swingset assembly last fall dropped by again Tuesday with a cash donation.

Adam Schutt, 16, a member of Troop 437 at Minot Air Force Base, presented the YWCA with a check for $356, which represents a share of the donations that he received toward his Eagle Award project. Schutt said he went door to door to collect monetary and product donations toward his project from eight local gravel and landscape-related businesses, and their generosity more than met his needs.

The leftover money that went directly to the YWCA will go to meet day-to-day operations of the emergency shelter for women and children, said Linda Randolph, who accepted the check on her last day as resident manager for the facility.

With the help of around 35 troop members, family and friends last October, Schutt added rocks and planted low-maintenance shrubs around the YWCA building. He and his volunteers also cleared a storage shed and erected playground equipment.

Assembling the play equipment was a smaller project but just as challenging. Although the YWCA had the equipment, there were no instructions and some pieces needed repair. Certain parts, such as screws, were missing and needed replacing, Schutt said.

The volunteers completed more than 206 combined hours of work in about two months.

Schutt, a junior at Minot High School, said it feels good to be able to bring positive change to residents of the YWCA and the community. The experience went beyond even his expectations, he said in presenting the additional donation Tuesday.

“I never would have thought I would have had this great of an impact,” he said.

Randolph said she had been in contact with the Boy Scout organization over the previous year in hopes that a Scout would be interested in helping with any of the various needs that the YWCA had. One of the primary needs was the landscaping so Randolph was thrilled when Schutt offered to take on the work.

“It’s just awesome. He did a wonderful job. We are all very proud of what he did,” she said.

Schutt now is working to finish the paperwork necessary to receive his Eagle Award later this year.