Scout's project a win-win — for him and Bridgeville library
A South Fayette High School junior is one step closer to reaching the coveted status of Eagle Scout, and the Bridgeville Public Library has a new butterfly garden.
Wiatt Mauti, who has been a scout for more than a decade, turned the hilly embankment beside the library parking lot into a butterfly garden full of wildflowers as part of his project requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout.
“It was a weed-covered hill last fall,” he said.
To become an Eagle Scout – the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts – scouts must obtain 21 merit badges, reach certain ranks throughout the program, hold leadership positions, have a certain number of service hours and complete a service project.
Mauti is two merit badges away from completing the requirements.
“There were some moments between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts when I thought, ‘There's no way I'm ever going to be able to do it, it's just too much work,'” he said. “But it's already here.”
Mauti said the idea came to him after library director Donna Taylor spoke to the troop leader about things that needed done around the library. He and about 10 family members and other troop members spent a day in October weeding the 126-foot-long hillside and laying down black tarps.
In May, after much research on native wildflowers and butterfly bushes, Mauti and his friends did their planting. Mauti said he and his father spent time researching different types of butterfly bushes and decided on one that was native to this region.
The garden also includes day lilies and other annuals and perennials.
Taylor said she hopes to get benches to put near the garden and have future children's programs there.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.