Beloit Daily News - Eagle Scout project has historic focus
Eagle Scout project has historic focus
Posted on 08/23/2016
Michael A. Atterbury

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Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 4:00 pm
By Zac Bellman Staff writer

"ROSCOE — Michael A. Atterbury of Roscoe decided his Eagle Scout project was going to trace back to the history of the area. His project, with the help of friends and community members, was to build a hunters lodge at the Historic Macktown Living History Museum in Rockton.

Atterbury was recognized Sunday for achieving the Eagle Scout Award in a ceremony at the Porter Park cabin in Roscoe.

The 17-year-old member of Roscoe Scout Troop 620, along with several friends and community members cut down, and debarked 25 black locust trees to be used to build a Hunters Lodge at the Historic Macktown Living History Museum in Rockton. The trees for the project were donated by attorney Ray Ferguson from his private property. Atterbury said he wanted his project to make a difference in the community, and got the idea from one of his mentors, Mark McClenathan, who served as his merit badge counselor.

"I knew from the beginning that most people build small things (for their Eagle Scout project), like park benches, book shelves or trophy cases," Atterbury said. "I wanted something that would test me."
The project has been in the works for nearly three years, but suffered a setback when a couple of the debarked logs were stolen and burned. The cabin itself is not yet built, but Atterbury will be working to see this project through." [Read More]