Connor Redslob has recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts. Beginning as a Cub Scout, Conner culminates his journey at the Honor Court where he will receive the official designation of Eagle Scout.
In order to achieve this accomplishment, the required Eagle Scout project is where all the leadership skills garnered over years of scouting come into play.
As a member of the Thirteen Year Club, Connor, a senior at Hudson High School, wanted to give back to Hudson City Schools. After working with Ellsworth Hill Principal Jennifer Filomena and East Woods Principal Michael Sedlak, Connor decided his project would be Little Lending Libraries for each of the four elementary schools.
Leading the project, Connor and his volunteers built the Lending Libraries out of Cedar. Each library is located near the entrance of Evamere, Ellsworth Hill, McDowell and East Woods. These are free lending libraries. Students may take a book or donate a book to keep the library well stocked.
In addition to planning and directing the project, Connor also raised the funds needed for supplies. Once the library structures were complete, there were enough funds remaining to seed the libraries with some of the first books. From beginning to end, the project took nearly a year with the bulk of the work being completed in less than four months.
"My Eagle Scout Project is the culmination of all the service and projects earned through scouting," Connor said. "You learn to be responsible, how to budget time and work around problems all skills needed to be a leader."
Other highlights of his scouting include the friends that he has made over the years, and the experience of high adventure backpacking for two weeks at Philmont Scout Ranch, owned by the Boy Scouts of America, and located near Cimarron, New Mexico.
Photo: Eagle Scout Connor Redslob and Ellsworth Hill students Matthew Lynn and Sarah Plone enjoy the Little Lending Library.