Persistent 14 Year-Old Kent Brooker Raises $2,000 For Eagle Scout Project For The Master’s Workshop
By Lorraine Edey, PhD // February 11, 2020
Master's Workshop is Christian based nonprofit organization that provides safe place for at-risk youth
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Kent Brooker, an enthusiastic, energetic, responsible 14-year-old, recently completed his Eagle Scout project for The Master’s Workshop by replacing the swing set that was unsafe for the children to use.
The Master’s Workshop is a Christian based nonprofit organization that provides a safe place for at-risk youth to do homework and have a nutritious meal.
To accomplish the project, Brooker had to raise funds. How was he going to do this?
Brooker first had to look at what the investment would be to accomplish his project: $2,000 would be what he had to earn, and so he went about looking for ways to make money.
He had to be creative to achieve his goal, and he started by power washing driveways and sidewalks and going door-to-door to businesses asking if they’d be willing to donate.
It took the persistent young man six months to raise the $2,000.
The next step was to contact playground companies to find a reasonably priced swing.
With perseverance and a positive attitude, Brooker found a company that would donate a free tire swing; however, when he researched this further, he found the cost was too high.
Although the swing set was open, the installation was more than he had budgeted.
“Committed to completing his project, Kent eventually found a company that worked and proceeded to give the funds to The Master’s Workshop to purchase the swing set,” said Janet Marks, President of The Master’s Workshop.
However, the company was shipping from Indiana, and it would take two weeks for the check to arrive and at least another two weeks for the swing set to get there.
In the meantime, Brooker formed a group and began working on the existing swing set. When that was completed, he began to finalize the necessary items for the installation date, however once again, another challenge appeared.
When he called to ask when the shipment was going to be delivered, he learned that the company had not received the check. Brooker spoke with the swing company and explained that he would cancel the test and find another way.
When he called the next day, they told him that the swing set was shipped and that Janet Marks, President of The Master’s Workshop, was able to purchase the set.
He also called the shipping company to try and arrange a quicker delivery date and was told that it would arrive on time.
Ace Hardware also donated the necessary concrete and when the time came to install the swing set, Brooker and his team did the prep by digging holes so that the collection would be stable and safe once installed.
When the concrete was poured, too much water had accumulated, so when he was ready to install the set, the concrete was not dry. He then decided to wait another two weeks, and after it was good to go, the swing set was complete.
Although this may sound like a simple task, it was not.
From start to finish, the entire process took almost a year, starting with obtaining project approval to power washing the first driveway, and finally installing the swing set and all the challenges in between, Brooker completed his project.
“It was all worth it, and I felt proud that I completed my project,” said Brooker. “It gave me great pleasure to see how the children at the Master’s Workshop are enjoying what my team and I worked so hard to accomplish.”
CLICK HERE FOR BREVARD COUNTY NEWS