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When David “Deuce” Manzer II, 16, was deciding on his Eagle Scout project, helping the Redeemer Lutheran Church was his top priority.

The church is the charter organization for his Boy Scout Troop 164. It’s where they hold their meetings. It’s also where Manzer goes to church, and the Logan View High School sophomore wanted to give back.

“I just wanted to do something to help out,” he said.

For his Eagle Scout project, Manzer is raising money to build an outdoor worship area for the church. He’s just launched a digital fundraising effort—donations can be made at https://redbasket.org/1607/deuces-eagle-scout-journey

“There’s a grassy area behind the parking lot of the church,” Manzer said. “What we’re going to do is clear out a little bit of the grass and put a little patio there with a fire pit and some benches, that way they can have outdoor worship services there.”

The Redeemer Lutheran Church also belongs to the Faith Ambassador Parish, a group of five Lutheran churches that share resources, so the new outdoor worship area would be available to wide variety of groups.

He’s hoping to raise $2,000 by April 14 for the project. He hopes to complete the project some time in April.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest achievable rank in the Boy Scouts of America. In order to complete the requirements, scouts must lead a service project that involves other members of the troop.

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“Some of the work that they’re going to have to do is laying down the brick for the patio and just making sure it’s all level and everything, and also helping build the fire pit,” Manzer said. “The benches, they are going to be fun to build because the base is actually entire brick with a wooden seat on it.”

Manzer said that pursuing the Eagle Scout rank has been a difficult and rewarding challenge.

“It pushes me more than I would normally push myself,” Manzer said.

He’s interested in joining the military and believes that being an Eagle Scout could help prepare him for that.

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