The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 11, 2013

Boy Scout helps St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to earn Eagle Award

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — Cody Creveling transformed and enhanced the courtyard at his church.

The Danville Area High School sophomore dug up red bricks in the courtyard, added fill and made them level.

He also sold engraved bricks and installed them in the center of the courtyard and at the entranceway of the courtyard of the church at 240 Sunbury Road.

Church member Sara Hake suggested the work for his Eagle Scout project. Cody will receive his Eagle Scout award Sunday in the church before an audience of at least 90.

He sold the engraved bricks, in memory or in honor of people, as a fundraiser for his project. Fifty-six engraved bricks have been placed in the center of the courtyard.

Engraved bricks at the entranceway honor the church pastors. The engraved bricks are from Catawissa Monument.

Cody was able to raise $700 he needed for materials plus about $1,300 which he donated to the church.

His dad, Jeff, who serves on the church’s trustee board, said some of the money went toward repairing a dishwasher and the remainder into the general fund.

The physical work for the project began in June 2012 with Cody getting help from his troop — Troop 33, based at St. Peter’s — family and friends. Landscaper Brad Diehl assisted.

The Riverside teen serves as senior patrol leader for his troop.

A gray paver, which is one-foot by one-foot, is engraved in recognition of his project. Another paver acknowledges the men’s Sunday school for installing the original courtyard in 1989.

The project took three day-long Saturdays with Cody’s mother, Becky, providing food for the volunteers.

Cody said he enjoyed the project because he got to do a lot of the supervising.

He is still selling engraved bricks for the courtyard. They are $100 apiece and can be ordered by calling the church office at 275-1341.

“I’m hoping to fill the whole courtyard with engraved bricks,” he said.

Rehabilitating the sign at the courtyard, dating to the original church in 1878, was church member Gary Garman.

Cody is also a member of the Order of the Arrow and will attend this year’s National Boy Scout Jamboree at The Summit in West Virginia in July. He attended the 2010 national jamboree at Fort AP Hill in Virginia.

At school, Cody is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and plays trumpet in the concert and marching bands. He also plays AYSO soccer and U19 soccer in Bloomsburg.

At St. Peter’s, he serves as a teen representative on the endowment committee.

After he graduates, he plans to study computers and hopes to work in testing and writing computer games.

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