Boy Scout builds butterfly garden

Senior and Troop 130 member places project at BBP Library

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High school senior Cade Nasca embarked on his Eagle Scout project earlier this spring at the Bayport-Blue Point Library.

Wanting to invoke a sustainable approach to nature, Nasca envisioned his project, a butterfly garden, as “something [that would last] in the community and be there for a long time.”

Nasca has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 130 since 2017. He recalls his most inspiring experience as a troop member being a trip to Philmont, which involved a 12-day-trek in the New Mexico desert.

“It was essentially a scouter’s paradise,” said Nasca of the ubiquitous campfires and hiking for that trip.

Wanting to make his mark in the community with his Eagle Scout project, Nasca thought deeply about what to propose.

“I could have done something easy just to get the rank, but that’s not what I wanted. After going through a couple ideas, I came up with a butterfly garden. Now I just needed a place to put my garden, and I thought that the library would be a good place because you could put it on the walking path there. This way, the community could have a place to enjoy what nature has to offer at any time they want,” said Nasca.

An Eagle Scout project is the opportunity for a Scout (Scouts, B.S.A.), or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (B.S.A.), to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of their community.

The capstone of a Scout’s leadership training, it demands a significant effort and commitment. 

Some parameters for the project are that it must benefit an organization other than the B.S.A. and it cannot be performed for an individual or a business or be commercial in nature.

Completing an Eagle Project is a requirement in order for Scouts to attain the Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Since forming in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank, which is approximately 2.5 million students. The requirements include: earning at least 21 merit badges; and demonstrating Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout oath and law, service, and leadership

Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.

For Nasca’s project, no permits with the county or town were necessary, but he did need to get funding for the materials.

With his family’s help, he set up a GoFundMe account and received donations from family and community members to buy the supplies, most of which were purchased at Home Depot.

A community member donated the plaques and Bayport Flower Houses was invaluable in bestowing their knowledge and assistance to Nasca.

“I couldn’t have done this project with the help of Bayport Flower Houses and Hololob Industries,” he said.

Hololob donated all of the mulch and delivered it to the library the day of the project.

Bayport Flower Houses helped Nasca select the 140-plus plants needed to fulfill the scope of his Eagle Scout project.

“My family and the community has been a great help to my Eagle Scout project. From funding the project, to coming in the pouring rain on the day we made the garden, I wouldn’t be able to do it without their help. And my family has helped tremendously; I couldn’t get through it all without their consistent support to keep pushing me forward,” said Nasca.

Asked what he hoped others would take away from the project, Nasca said, “I hope others take away from my project a peaceful space at the library where people can sit and relax and take in the beauty of nature. My garden can help others learn to appreciate what everything around us has to offer.”

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