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Local Scout builds duck habitats to be recognized as Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 410 member Tim Haldeman built 30 duck boxes in an effort to earn the Eagle Scout ranking. Haldeman built the duck boxes for Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, and plans to eventually join the Air Force. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

Boy Scout Troop 410 member Tim Haldeman built 30 duck boxes in an effort to earn the Eagle Scout ranking. Haldeman built the duck boxes for Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, and plans to eventually join the Air Force. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

CONYERS — In an effort to be recognized with the highest Boy Scout rank possible, an area Boy Scout has engineered several small structures that will benefit some local fauna.

Tim Haldeman, along with other members of his troop, built 30 duck boxes for the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, fulfilling one of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. A rising senior at Salem High and member of Venture Crew 410, Haldeman assembled the duck boxes out of cedar wood and steel mesh, giving the ducks at Charlie Elliott a place to nest. According to Haldeman’s mother, Stacey Haldeman, Charlie Elliott had received a federal grant for the project, so all the supplies had already been purchased prior to Haldeman constructing them.

Haldeman plans to attend Georgia Perimeter College after graduation from Salem, but intends to eventually move on from there.

“I’m probably going to Georgia Perimeter to get the core classes done,” said Haldeman. “Then I want to transfer to another college, and I’ll probably end up joining the National Guard at the same time I start going to college, so I could get money for actually paying for college.”

He went on to add that his plans include joining the U.S. Air Force.

According to the Boy Scouts of America’s website, 56,841 of all Scouts earned the Eagle ranking in 2013, meaning that only about 6 percent of all Scouts became Eagles that year.