|Rousculp Planting Seeds of Goodness|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 17 October 2012 00:00|
Being a Scout has shaped Thomas Rousculp into a respectable young man and he’s now planting the seeds of goodness from within to help Tipp City grow more beautiful.
For his Eagle Scout project, Rousculp is landscaping the rectory of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church.
A junior at Tippecanoe High School, Rousculp is the senior patrol leader for Troop 395 for the Tipp City United Methodist Church. He credit’s the scouts for being a guiding force in his life. “Everything I know came from the boy scouts. I don’t know who I’d be if I didn’t have it,” he said.
Less than 5% of Boy Scouts ever become an Eagle and is something Rousculp has worked towards for several years. In scouts, like with everything else, he strives to reach the highest possible level. He’s fully trained by the National Youth Leadership Training Program, member of Order of the Arrow Brotherhood, and participated in the 2010 National Jamboree. At Camp Chief Logan he achieved an exclusive level of Trapper, and awarded Master Tracker. And Rousculp received Ad Altare Dei from St. John’s. He’s also past Den Chief, volunteering his time with young Cub Scouts. However, becoming an Eagle outranks all his other past achievements. “It’s the biggest accomplishment so far in my life,” he said.
Rousculp attends St. Johns and to be assisting the church with the project, makes it even more rewarding. The bushes he pulled from around the rectory are going to be replaced with a variety of 10 different types of flowers and plants. The landscaping will provide more welcoming atmosphere for those who visit Father Sherlock.
His journey in scouts began with Troop 518 of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Brunswick, Oh. In 2009 the Rousculp family moved to Tipp City, his father David’s hometown, and was instantly welcomed into Troop 395.
From scouts, Rousculp has gained a lot of valuable survival skills. All the physicality involved has been a challenge, but one he’s enjoyed. “I don’t think a lot of people realize what being a boy scout is, it’s a lot more than just selling popcorn. Its high adventure with a lot of hiking and backpacking, most people can’t do it so they mock it,” he said.
In the future, Rousculp plans to be a forest ranger, a career choice inspired by being in the scouts. “I’m in my element in the wilderness. “It is there I am happiest and will make it my quest to help keep and preserve the beautiful nature that the USA is gifted with” said Rousculp. He’s also interested in joining the venturing crew and someday possibly being a scout leader.
On Saturday, October 20 beginning at 9 a.m. he’s seeking volunteers to help with the landscaping. Volunteers will be rewarded with lunch and beverages. Anyone is welcome and scouts can earn service hours. The rectory is directly behind CrossRoads Church, which is on Broadway, and where St. John’s was previously located. Food donations are welcomed by local businesses.
Rousculp expresses much thanks to the Miami Nursery for assisting with the landscaping plans, Foodtown for donations, Mike Dresh of St. John’s, as well as Father Marc Sherlock, Brad Gross, and Glen Ash for the initial prep work.