LUDLOW FALLS — When it came time to choose an Eagle Scout project, Will Knostman saw an opportunity to give back to a local camp where he’d spent a lot of time.
With some help from his scout troop and some encouragement from family and friends, Knostman worked to clear the hill at the Ludlow Falls Camp and plant vines to help prevent erosion.
“I decided to landscape the hill because my church goes to the Ludlow Falls Camp for our church camp and I thought it would be nice to do something to help that camp out,” he said.
The camp has hosted churches throughout the county and beyond for camp meetings, retreats and reunions since 1899.
The project cleared the hill so that the playing field at the bottom would be visible from the top of it.
Knostman, a varsity football and baseball player at Troy Christian High School, started scouting in third grade. At first it was because all his friends were doing it and because the troop met at his church, Tabernacle of the lord Jesus Christ. But he kept going and earning badges with some encouragement from leaders like his scoutmaster, Joel Smith, who is also an Eagle Scout.
“To achieve Eagle Scout, you need to get 21 merit badges total and be in a position of leadership in your troop,” he said. “My leaders encouraged me a lot to keep pursuing my Eagle Scout and I’m glad they did because without them, I don’t think I would have been able to complete this project.”
The 17-year-old Troy resident organized the project, securing donations of tools from Greentech Lawncare and money from Level MB, his uncle’s company. The vines were donated by MT Studios and Lowes offered Knostman a discount on other supplies. His scout troop helped provide physical labor.
Knostman plans to go to Ohio State University to study and become an orthodontist. He hopes being an Eagle Scout helps him stand out on his application and resume in the future.
“Completing this project has taught me better leadership and that even a simple project has a lot of planning involved in it,” he said.