Eagle Scout project brings renovations to SFAHS museum

Aidan DePietropaolo
Aidan DePietropaolo

ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area Historical Society has Aidan DePietropaolo to thank for getting some much needed renovations at the society’s museum recently.

In planning his Eagle Scout project, DePietropaolo decided to use the opportunity to help out the society.

In early October, Aidan and his father, Joseph, met with William Brunner, president of the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society, and Joe Forrest Jr., assistant treasurer, to discuss the possibilities.

The Museum was in need of a bathroom renovation after a water leak damaged the tile floor.

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“The bathroom renovation became the first part of the project,” said Brunner. “The military room on the second floor, which was also was in need of plastering and painting, was added in order to insure the work load met with Eagle Scout standards.”

DePietropaolo then had to write a proposal and received the Eagle Scout board’s approval on Oct. 28. He recruited a work group of scouts and parents who would help him in various ways to complete his plan.

“On Dec. 29, 2014, the work was completed,” said Brunner. “The military room, the largest room on the second floor, had been emptied, plastered, sanded, painted with two coats, cleaned and restored. The first floor bathroom had received similar treatment, and also a new floor, sink and toilet.”

The project went very well, DePietropaolo said. It took 133 man-hours spanning seven days and DePietropaolo had plenty of help from fellow scouts, adult leaders, friends and family.

This project was just part of DePietropaolo’s requirements to become an Eagle Scout, something he aspires to do and has dreamed of since he became a scout.

“I chose this project because I wanted to assist a local organization that helps the community,” DePietropaolo said. “I am familiar with the Spring-Ford Historical Society, and the work they do in preserving the history of Royersford and Spring City. I was born and raised in Royersford, and my great-grandparents immigrated here in the early 1900s. I have visited the museum in the past with both the cub scouts and my family.”

Brunner had high praise for the volunteers’ work on the museum.

“The Spring-Ford Area Historical Society wants to thank Aidan and the Sacred Heart scouting family for their contribution,” he said. “The work that was done was professional, and we were pleased. The scouting program at Sacred Heart is top notch, and we have been the recipient of many great improvements to our society over the years as a result of their efforts.”

Since completing the project for the Spring-Ford Historical Society, DePietropaolo still has more requirements to meet before he becomes an Eagle Scout.

“I still need to complete two more Eagle-required merit badges, Personal Management and Citizenship in the Community,” said DePietropaolo. “I then need to pass my board of review to get the rank of Eagle Scout. A scout must complete all requirements by the age of 18 to earn his Eagle. I plan to complete my requirements by the summer of 2015. I am currently 15 years old.”

DePietropaolo is a freshman at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford where he is proud of his academics, having earned first honors for the first marking period this year, and participates in a number of other organizations.

He is a member of Blessed Theresa of Calcutta Roman Catholic Church, enjoys sports, participating in Babe Ruth baseball in the spring, and has a black belt in Karate.

“I enjoy all scouting activities, including camping and backpacking,” he said. “Within the Boy Scouts, I am a member of the Order of the Arrow. This summer, in addition to attending camp with my scout troop, I hope to attend the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.”