Big Kahuna Tiki Huts had the honor of working with Matthew Brown and members of Eagles Scout Troop 774 of Jupiter, Florida, as Matthew worked toward his Eagle Scout ranking.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) awards this highest honor to Scouts who demonstrate leadership while performing an extensive project in their community. The project must benefit an organization other than the BSA. Also, it cannot be performed for an individual or a business; cannot be solely a fund-raising project; and cannot be a commercial effort.
Matthew’s project included the total reconstruction of two hurricane damaged Seminole Indian chiki huts located at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, Florida.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary is a facility dedicated to bringing wildlife and people together to foster awareness of the value and diversity of Florida’s natural resources. The sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to experience native Florida wildlife and natural ecosystems up close. Their animal hospital treats over 4,000 injured animals annually.
Matthew’s job was to plan, organize, lead and manage the project. He invested 220 hours of his time to complete the project from start to finish. This included raising over $5,000 for the project.
“With the help of my family, friends, and fellow scouts, we completed the chiki hut project within two days,” says Matthew. He added, ” It took two days of hard labor and organization, including clearing shrubs and debris, mulching, replacing crossbeams and supports, and individually attaching new palm fronds on both structures.”
Big Kahuna Tiki Huts worked with the Scouts by assisting in the thatching of the fresh cut palm fronds that makes up the roof of the chiki hut.
The results were successful and Matthew was awarded his Eagle Scout rank. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase, “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”
Congratulations to Matthew and his fellow Scouts.