Jordan Jedele’s Eagle Scout Project





Jordan Jedele of Boy Scout Troop 476 of Chelsea envisioned a tennis ball hitting wall at Beach Middle School for his Eagle Scout service project.

The Eagle Scout service project is the crux on a scout’s journey to scouting’s highest rank. It is a significant and often difficult requirement that must be surmounted if a scout is to reach the summit of scouting.  

All Eagle Scout candidates must research and select a meaningful project, develop the idea, meet with adults, secure approvals, develop a plan, engage people to help carry out the plan, be accountable for the overall success of the project and — above all — lead others to complete the task at hand.

Jordan started playing tennis in 6thgrade and when he traveled to away matches, he noticed several schools had large practice walls in addition to their courts.  



He was inspired to build a tennis practice wall in Chelsea when he was a First Class Scout. 

Jordan said, “My desire to turn my Eagle Scout service project idea into a reality was the driving force for earning both Star and Life rank”.  

As soon as he reached Life rank in January 2018, Jordan contacted Brad Bush, the Chelsea School District (CSD) Athletic Director, to pitch his idea. 

“Mr. Bush was very receptive to my plan and invited me back to present several design options to the CSD operations department,” Jordan said.  The CSD granted Jordan approval to proceed with his project in May 2018.  Following approval from Troop 476 and the BSA district council, Jordan began fundraising and formalizing the construction plan.

Mr. Bush said, “Jordan worked very hard with our district leadership to make this project a reality.  He showed maturity and work ethic well beyond his years.  He worked very hard to make his vision a reality.  I really enjoyed working with him.”

Mr. Bush said, “Jordan worked very hard with our district leadership to make this project a reality.  He showed maturity and work ethic well beyond his years.  He worked very hard to make his vision a reality.  I really enjoyed working with him.”

Jordan raised a total of $5,800 in cash and in-kind donations. 

He would like to offer special thanks to Doan Concrete Companies for providing the material and labor for the concrete pad.

“In addition to contributing almost half of the value of my project, they were great to work with and taught me about forming, pouring and finishing concrete” Jordan said.  

Jordan also acknowledged his grandfather, John Steele Jr., for all his help including teaching him the necessary construction skills so that he could lead his project.  “Working on other construction projects with my grandpa over the years gave me the confidence to pursue a project of this magnitude. I would also like to thank the Chelsea Lumber Company, Harrold Burchett, Toby’s Painting and Wright Signs for their contributions.  Finally, my heartfelt thanks to everyone that made monetary donations or volunteered their time.  I couldn’t have done this project without the support I received from my family, Troop, tennis teammates, and the community.”

Jordan and his crew of volunteers broke ground on August 10.  “The biggest challenge was coordinating work around soccer practices on the adjacent field along with the availability of volunteers and the weather,” Jordan said.  Jordan’s team of 44 volunteers logged a total of 233 work hours and completed the project on September 8.  “I am really pleased with how it turned out,” Jordan said.  

There are currently over 100 youth tennis players in the Chelsea tennis program. The practice wall provides a way for tennis players of all ages to warm up, practice their skills, and can also be used to just have some fun hitting balls.  “This was an awesome project that players of all ages will be able to use for many years to come,” said JV tennis coach, Brian Atkinson. 





Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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