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Boyertown Eagle Scout builds gardening area for Amity Place residents

Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, created a gardening area for residents at Amity Place retirement community in Douglassville for his Eagle Scout service project.

Adler completed his Eagle Board of Review to earn the rank of Eagle Scout on June 24. He is the 112th Eagle Scout in the history of the troop to earn the rank.

Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, pictured with his parents Jessica and Daren Kullman, earn the rank of Eagle Scout on June 24. (Submitted photo by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595)
Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, with his parents, Jessica and Daren Kullman, earn the rank of Eagle Scout on June 24. (Submitted photo by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595)

Beginning work on his service project more than a year ago, Adler had many obstacles along the way.

Adler, who is homeschooled, initially considered building a community garden, and then while sitting at his desk one day had an idea. As a young child, he had several great-grandparents in nursing homes.

Adler began to consider what made them most happy, which was gardening outdoors, which he also enjoys. From this thought came the idea to construct an outdoor gardening area for the residents at Amity Place.

His project slogan is: “creating a place outdoors for making memories.”

Adler envisioned a large gardening area with several wheelchair-accessible boxes along with standing height boxes and a water feature to offer sounds of tranquility to entice birds and butterflies.

Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, created a gardening area featuring garden boxes and a waterfall at Amity Place Retirement Center in Douglassville for his Eagle Scout service project. (Submitted photo by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595)
Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, created a gardening area featuring garden boxes and a waterfall at Amity Place Retirement Center in Douglassville for his Eagle Scout service project. (Submitted photo by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595)

Most Eagle Scouts can tell you what their project was, and many can also detail a few of the more trying times in their process of completion.

For Adler, his first obstacle came early in his project when the facility was being sold just as he had hoped to begin construction in the spring of 2023.

Fortunately, Amity Place Executive Director Marc Heil, a former Scout, saw the importance of Adler’s vision and made sure the project would be supported by the new owners. Once the sale was concluded the project was planned for this spring.

Early in 2024, Adler began working again with Heil and other members of Amity Place to finalize planning and set dates for the construction.

The project itself was quite ambitious — the first step was digging up ground and adding a concrete pad beside an existing patio, followed by the construction of three wheelchair-accessible boxes, two standing height 8-foot-long boxes, a large three-tiered water feature and a center cube garden box.

The Eagle Scout service project created by Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, features two standing height eight-foot-long boxes for the gardening area at Amity Place. (Submitted photo by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595)
The Eagle Scout service project created by Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, features two standing height eight-foot-long boxes for the gardening area at Amity Place. (Submitted photo by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595)

In the entire process, Adler had great support in meeting his funding needs from many donors, with special thanks to the American Legion Post #626 and the Masonic Lodge #479 for their large contributions.

Adler was able to obtain donated products and time from PROformance Concrete Services LLC, Monty’s Mulch, Fisher Rental, Liv’n Green Landscaping, Spring Garden Farms and Susan Biedeman of Penn State Master Gardeners Program.

Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, center, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on June 24. He is pictured with Scoutmaster Kurt Freer, left, and Troop Committee Chair Scott Fryer, right. (Submitted photo by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595)
Daniel Boone Troop 595 senior patrol leader Adler Kullman, 16, from Boyertown, center, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on June 24. He is pictured with Scoutmaster Kurt Freer, left, and Troop Committee Chair Scott Fryer, right. (Submitted photo by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595)

A very large thanks is also extended to the members of his troop for their hard work and participation in this process. Each seemed to truly appreciate the significance of what joy this will bring to the residents.

The residents of Amity Place were so eager to see this project happen that a gardening club was formed.

Through discussion with the residents on what plants they would like, Adler was able to make a lasting connection with a Penn State Master Gardener who has generously offered her time to tend and support the garden. He will hold his Court of Honor at the garden this summer.

Adler has been active in Scouting since he joined Cub Scouts.

He has attended outdoor events including annual summer camps in Tennessee, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. He has attended and served on staff of youth leadership courses and summer camp and has attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference, which is the honor society of Scouting.

Aside from senior patrol leader, Adler has served in many leadership positions such as quartermaster, patrol leader and den chief supporting Cub Scout Pack 597.

To learn more about Scouting, contact Daniel Boone Troop 595 at danielboonetroop595@gmail.com or follow on Facebook or Instagram at Daniel Boone Troop 595.


— Story submitted by Kurt Freer, Scoutmaster of Daniel Boone Troop 595


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