Eagle Scout Service Project

Beechcraft Heritage Museum Executive Vice President Charles L. Parish, left, thanks Boy Scout Andrew Brown for the museum’s two new picnic tables and benches. Andrew, a Tullahoma High School student, constructed the furniture as his Eagle Scout Service Project as he works toward the highest rank in Scouting. Pictured with them is Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee.

THS Boy Scout Andrew Brown moved to Tullahoma two years ago with a love of aviation. One of the first places his family visited was the Beechcraft Heritage Museum. An aspiring commercial cargo airline pilot, Andrew was excited to know that a piece of aviation history was right in his new backyard.

Since then, Andrew has spent a lot of time at the museum on Old Shelbyville Highway. He has attended the Beechcraft aviation camp, participated in the museum’s annual Beech Party, and given frequent tours of the museum to family and friends who come to visit.

So when the time came to pick his Eagle Scout Service Project, Andrew thought Beechcraft would be the perfect organization to support, bringing his passion for flying and service to the community together.

"I chose to construct the two sets of unique picnic tables and benches for the museum because I wanted to fulfill a need for visitors to have a place to sit and enjoy nature and the historic planes while at the site,” Andrew said. “I believe that this will help those attending Beech Party to have an additional viewing spot and others can enjoy the landscape and a nice meal while there any time of the year."

Andrew has been involved in Scouting since joining as a Tiger Cub in the first grade. As a Webelos Scout, he earned the Arrow of Light award and bridged into a Boy Scout troop. Now working toward the rank of Eagle Scout, Andrew has served his troops in various leadership roles including Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, has organized campouts and training activities, and supports new Scouts in completing their rank requirements. 

Andrew is a member of Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow, and serves each summer as a Counselor in Training at Boxwell Boy Scout Reservation. Currently a freshman at Tullahoma High School, Andrew is a member of BSA Troop 158.

“We now have two lovely, very sturdy picnic tables and benches for our guests to enjoy,” said Sherry Roepke, the museum’s resident director. “The museum’s mission is to foster and promote aviation education and Andrew is the epitome of this museum charge.”

For their support of his Eagle Scout Project, Andrew extends his thanks to the project sponsor Charles Parish and the Beechcraft Heritage Museum board of directors and staff; Scout leaders and Troop 158 and their parents; Leroy Herbold of Creative Woodwork of Nashville; Eddie Rainey; Jim Brown; Bob and Juanita Brown; and Charlie and Sarah Greer.

Businesses who supported his project include Lowe’s Home Improvement, Builder’s Plumbing Electric and Hardware, Penske Trucking Company, Subway - North Jackson Street, Tullahoma Awards and Gifts and Bewley’s Cabinets.

Kelly Lapczynski can be reached at klapczynski@tullahomanews.com.

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