FLINT TWP. — For his Eagle Scout project, Joshua Orrison built an area at a local charter school where students could await parent pickup, while enjoying their favorite books.
Orrison, 16, a sophomore at Carman-Ainsworth High School, was recognized by the Flint Township Board of Trustees, Dec. 3, for his accomplishment.
Supervisor Karyn Miller said Joshua’s Eagle Scout project was inspired by his own elementary school experience, in which he had to overcome speech, reading and writing challenges.
Also concerned with school safety after serving several years at Randals Elementary as a safety patrol leader, he designed, built and installed a seating area for children to wait for parent pickup at Greater Heights Academy Charter School, 3196 W. Pasadena Ave.
“The best part of this waiting area is it has a free library,” said Miller, adding children are encouraged to read books while they wait for their parents to pick them up.
Joshua began his Scouting venture at Randals Elementary in the first grade. He was Troop Chaplin for four years while holding position of senior patroller on safety patrol. A member of Troop 110, his group earned Honor Troop status during this time.
Orson was also a Blueberry Ambassador at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School and was freshman class president for 2017-18.
A fifth generation Flint Township resident, Miller said Joshua comes from a legacy of Scouts as a fourth-generation Scout. She adds he is the first in his family to accomplish the level of Eagle Scout.
In addition, Joshua’s community involvement includes manning a Crim race water station, working at the North End Soup Kitchen, being a member of the Covenant Hills Camp Dedicated Disciples and placing flags on veterans graves for Memorial Day.
He is a member of the Hill Creek Church youth group and enjoys camping, hiking , fishing and loves Michigan.
“When I started out as a Cub Scout it was just fun,” said Joshua. “All it really takes to be an Eagle Scout is a willingness to listen, learn and go and do. I am very humbled by this experience.”
Miller said he wants to pursue a career in law enforcement and possibly the military. He has an invitation to visit West Point Academy soon.