Eden Prairie Eagle Scout brings joy to memory care residents

Eden Prairie Boy Scout administered his Eagle Scout service project at the same memory care facility in Edina that his grandfather stayed at last summer. (Submitted photo)
Eden Prairie Boy Scout administered his Eagle Scout service project at the same memory care facility in Edina that his grandfather stayed at last summer. (Submitted photo)

English Rose Suites in Edina the site of his service project

By Cynthia Parsons
Contributing Writer

David Chadwick, an Eden Prairie Boy Scout, learned about English Rose Suites in Edina when his grandfather was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and stayed at the memory care facility.

“English Rose helps people with dementia and those who aren’t safe in a home and need supervision and care,” Chadwick said.

“David’s grandfather stayed with us last summer for a while,” said Katie Rinehimer, quality of life director at English Rose Suites. “He passed very peacefully when he was living with us. David’s grandfather was such a sweet man and David’s family is amazing. We have a group of turkeys that come to the home that David’s grandfather lived in every day. These turkeys are a source of entertainment for the residents. So when David was thinking of his Eagle Scout Project, he thought of turkey feeders for the homes.”

Hannah Manske, marketing assistant at English Rose Suites, said, “In August, David volunteered to build and help the residents paint turkey feeders for a couple of our backyards. The residents love when we get younger generations in the homes helping out.”

English Rose Suites has four homes all within approximately one mile from each other in Edina. Each home houses about six residents.

A resident of English Rose Suites handles a paint brush as part of Chadwick’s project.
A resident of English Rose Suites handles a paint brush as part of Chadwick’s project. (Submitted photo)

An Eagle Scout comes up with a project to help benefit his community and then raises funds for his project. Chadwick, 17, and a senior at Eden Prairie High School, drove around to Home Depot, Menards and Jerry’s Do It Best Hardware asking for materials to help build the turkey feeders. All three stores assisted Chadwick in his project efforts.

Home Depot donated the stain and raw materials such as the wood and PVC. Menards provided the sunflower seeds and PVC glue, and Jerry’s Do It Best Hardware donated the PVC primer and PVC paint.

Chadwick’s troop members helped build three turkey feeders, all one in one day. One is a wooden freestanding feeder, and two are PVC feeders that strap to trees. Chadwick then brought them to English Rose Suites.

“One resident at our Braemar Hills home is very active and loves to be involved with anything hands on or outdoors, so this was a great activity for him” Manske said. “He jumped right in grabbing a paintbrush and got right to work.”
One resident said, “Those are pretty big bird feeders.” Not realizing they were for big birds – the turkeys. “Oh I love this color,” said another resident. The residents were full of smiles and enjoyed being involved.

They painted the wooden feeder with a light orange stain and then painted the PVC ones a dark green color so it would match the tree when the paint color faded.

The residents were interested in where the feeders were going and excited they’d be able to see and watch the turkeys come by to eat from the feeders.

Residents will also help staff members keep the feeders full of seed. Chadwick did his research to find out what kind of seed to buy for the feeders. He looked online and talked to people at the Arboretum who said, “Ours only have sunflower seeds.”

Chadwick and a resident at Braemar Hills paint one of the turkey feeders, constructed and placed as part of Chadwick’s service project for his Eagle Scout rank. (Submitted photo)
Chadwick and a resident at Braemar Hills paint one of the turkey feeders, constructed and placed as part of Chadwick’s service project for his Eagle Scout rank. (Submitted photo)

Chadwick said enjoys being an Eagle Scout because it’s fun and it stays with you. It can help you get into college and get a job. Chadwick went from Tenderfoot all the way to Eagle Scout – the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

“People know an Eagle Scout can be trusted and do their best,” he said.