Clackamas High School sophomore Reed Carty recently completed his Eagle Scout community service project by building and installing five mason-bee houses for his school's environmental science garden.
Rodney Shroufe, a science teacher at Clackamas High School, accepted Carty's donation on behalf of his class that maintains the gardens at CHS.
"I was his mentor and worked with him quite a bit ironing out the whats and hows of his project," Shroufe said. "Mason-bee nests are great for providing habitat for the pollinators that are sorely needed in our community."
Carty presented the proposal of his intended project to leaders of his troop and then to a district representative of Boy Scouts of America for approval before he could begin the work. The proposal had to include estimated costs as well as how much help would be needed from other scouts.
A Boy Scout with Troop 611, Carty has supplied the inserts for the larvae for a second season so the project can expect to be ongoing. Shroufe plans to have his students build blocks in class for the later seasons.
Clackamas County commissioners recently adopted a resolution affirming the county's support of pollinators and their importance. Carty's idea to build mason-bee houses for CHS originated with conversations with his teachers who had seen mason bees at the Oregon Zoo and showed him pictures.
"I knew the bee population was suffering, and if the bees die, we die," Carty said. "I also wanted to give back to the community and help the school garden program because I think it's a wonderful thing."
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