Tim Beck's Eagle Scout project fills need at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery

While Tim Beck, a senior at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School, was looking for a way to complete his Eagle Scout "Build Something Useful" project, he turned to the Church where his father, The Reverend Dr. William G. Beck, was serving. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic making scouting projects hard to complete, Tim was determined to show his willingness to serve others.
 
Once he discovered his father's Church operated St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, he knew he wanted to get involved. After researching records Tim said, "Additionally, its records were not useful,
nor easily searchable. I proposed creating an online database of the cemetery records, using the knowledge I was acquiring in my Senior Computer Science class at school...”. 
 
In order to become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must perform a service project that benefits a non-profit organization and demonstrates leadership. The Scout must obtain approval for the proposed project and its plan from his Scoutmaster and a BSA District Representative before going forward with the plan. Tim began his project in July of 2020, began creating the database from 3 X 5 card files in October, and finished in December.
 
Beck led members of Troop 323, which meets at the Baldwin United Methodist Church, in verifying approximately 3,800 graves in the database. Tim and his Troop were involved in onsite physical verification of the database information at the cemetery. 
 
Now Tim is a varsity letterman in both football and lacrosse at Seton LaSalle and is looking forward to completing his senior year as well as looking into prospective career options, which are outcomes of his
scouting experience. We are so proud to see our students, like Tim, take their education and apply it - giving back to our communities. We are looking forward to seeing more of Tim's Success Beyond SLS! 
 
 
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