JACKSON TWP. Two teens from Jackson Local Schools recently received their Eagle Scout awards after successfully completing their Eagle projects. Donovan Kincaid and Malcolm Forrest Olson both earned the highest achievement the Boy Scouts of America offers.
According the website for the Boy Scouts of America, “Since 1912, the Eagle Scout rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment — perhaps without equal — that is recognized across the country and even the world. Those who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured achievements. “Eagle Scout” is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as youth continue to earn it every day as adults.”
The site goes on to report that the Eagle Scout award is “a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. This represents more than 2.25 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912.”
The two Boy Scouts from Jackson High School both found Eagle Scout projects to help others in the community. Donovan completed a project for the Jackson Middle School and Malcolm completed a project for the MAPS Air Museum.
Meet Donovan Kincaid
Kincaid is a freshman at Jackson High School and is a member of the band, student council, academic challenge and Jackson Academy for Global Studies (JAGS). Donovan started in the Cub Scouts when he was five-years-old. He is the 118th Eagle Scout from Troop 927 at Lake Cable Recreation Association. He is the son of Jack Kincaid and Cheryl Rossel.
His project was to put together 75 lockdown buckets to be used as portable toilets for Jackson Middle School. He used five-gallon buckets and put toiletries inside each. The buckets have a toilet seat for the top and the project included tarps and masking tape.
“I was in the middle school when the school went on lockdown for an entire day in February of 2018,” Kincaid said. “Students were stressed out from having to go to the bathroom and couldn’t leave the area. I was looking for ideas for my Eagle project and came across the bucket idea.”
Kincaid said he then talked with the principal at Jackson Middle School and was told that 75 buckets would be the number needed to serve the school during a lockdown. He said the principal also made suggestions for what to include inside the buckets. The tarps and tape are to be used to make a private area for students to use the buckets.
Kincaid has a number of other awards including two Eagle Palms and 32 merit badges. He’s also fourth year Pipestone, fifth year Polar Bear and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. Earning the Eagle Scout means a lot to Kincaid.
“Earning the Eagle shows the hard work and leadership of a scout. It also shows that the scout has vast knowledge of a lot of things such as first aid, electronics, camping and other things. It’s the highest award in Boy Scouts and only six percent of Boy Scouts in the U.S. earned it last year,” Kincaid said.
He said it will help him with his future both with going to college and with employment opportunities. Kincaid is planning on attending college but hasn’t determined a major. He is also planning to continue helping at Boy Scouts.
“I’m interested in becoming a Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). I’ll also continue to go to meetings and help out at camps and fundraisers,” he said.
Kincaid thanked his parents and his brother Jeremiah (who also earned his Eagle Scout) for their help and for pushing him to work hard.
Meet Malcolm Forrest Olson
Olson is a sophomore at Jackson High School and is the 116th Eagle Scout from Troop 927 Lake Cable Clubhouse. He started in the cub scouts when he was six-years-old. Malcolm is the son of Christopher and Krissa Olson.
Olson has earned 27 merit badges (he had 23 at the time he received the Eagle award) and was honored at the Annual Eagle Recognition Banquet hosted by the Buckeye Council. His community service project for the Eagle Scout award was building and painting a staircase for MAPS Air Museum.
The staircase was built to view a Soviet era MiG21 fighter jet that’s on display in the museum. It is built on wheels so that it can be moved to other planes. Malcolm said his father helped him build and assemble the staircase. He also got his fellow scouts involved.
“I got the idea for the project after touring the museum while we had a camp there four years ago,” Olson said. “The scout coordinator there mentioned they had Eagle projects open. I really like planes and I met with them. We talked about a couple of ideas and I came decided on the staircase. My dad and I started the project and then I asked other scouts to come in and help with building it.”
It was made of wood and then painted. Olson and his dad built it according to all of the required safety requirements. The nine-foot staircase was built and assembled in Malcolm’s garage. It was later disassembled into two pieces to transport it to the museum.
He raised $900 for the project through donations from family, friends and other scouts. In the end, he only needed $820 and donated the remainder to the museum.
During his time as a scout, Olson has served as Scribe, Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. He also earned his fourth-year Pipestone and Polar Bear awards and is currently a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Olson said the ideals and motivations of scouting in general will help him in future endeavors be it going to college or in his career.
“I grew up in scouting and I feel it has helped shape me. I’m more independent because of scouting and I’ve heard that colleges and employers like Eagles Scouts. Plus, I got mine when I was fourteen where many others get it when they are 16 or some wait until they are almost 18 years old,” Olson said.
He is planning to continue to help out at camps and become a mentor for other scouts. While he has not completely decided on his future plans, he is taking an engineering class at Hoover High School next year.
“I want to thank my dad for helping me out a lot in scouting. My mom has helped me too with getting badges and she’s sewn them on my sash. I’ve also want to thank my mentors including the Donze, Ball and Kincaid families. They all helped me with motivation and I’ve always looked up to them. All three families have Eagle Scouts,” Olson said.