EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Hope United Methodist Church has been missing something.
Torn down due to liability issues, the church has been without a playground, which has not gone unnoticed by Life Scout Dustin Long, a member of Boy Scout Troop 593 who has made getting the church a new playground his Eagle project.
“I liked playing there as a kid and wanted to do something worthwhile that would be there for years to come,” said Long, a junior at Edwardsburg High School.
Looking to raise $15,000 that will pay for equipment and possible shipping fees, Long has raised $5,000 so far, and has written or presented his plan to a multitude of businesses.
“I would like to have the project all completed by the end of summer this year, but the very latest I could get anything done is just before May of next year, because then I will be timed out and unable to achieve my goal,” he said.
Long has been involved in scouting since the age of 6. The project presents itself as a next step in the scouting process, he said, as well as a chance to give back.
Long continues to look into fundraising options, but those interested in donating to the playground project may send a check made payable to Hope United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 624, Edwardsburg, MI 49112, with “playground” in the memo field.