While completing his Eagle Scout project, Sam Costello had to deal with ticks, poison oak and poison ivy.

While completing his Eagle Scout project, Sam Costello had to deal with ticks, poison oak and poison ivy.

But the deed is done and Costello is working towards two more merit badges needed before he can become an Eagle Scout.

The Jerome High School junior has been in the Boy Scouts for almost 10 years.

"I've been in the scouts since I was in first grade," Costello said.

To reach Eagle Scout status -- the highest rank for a Boy Scout -- Costello worked with the Ohio Wildlife Center's Nature Education Center in Powell to clear the area around 2,000 feet of fencing and do some mending.

"The house falls under the jurisdiction of the USDA and they had to have their property fencing in order," said Costello's father, Patrick.

Costello and his volunteers completed the first phase of the project, which included 2,000 feet of fence along Cook Road.

"It probably hadn't been touched in 20 years," Patrick Costello said.

Safety was also a serious consideration for the project, as volunteers worked to clear honeysuckle, grapevine, trees and other growth from around the fences.

The Concord Township Fire Department helped out with that, lending three men to the effort.

Arborist Care Tree Service also donated time and machinery to the project to take care of the piles of waste that accumulated.

"I don't know what we would have done if we hadn't had that," Patrick Costello said.

Sam Costello worked on his Eagle Scout project for almost four months, with work culminating with four weekends of clearing for about four hours on Saturdays and Sundays alongside poison oak and ivy and a multitude of ticks.

"It was hard work," he said. "We were dealing with sharp tools."

In his spare time, Costello likes to hang out with friends and he plays the clarinet in the Dublin Jerome High School marching band.

He also works in the Ohio State University physiology department, building chew toys and cages for animals and filling water bowls.

The family also has a cabin in West Virginia where Costello enjoys the outdoors. It is one of the things that have stood out in the scouts over the years.

"I like going to outings and that stuff," he said. "I help out with rank (advancements)."

The scouts also gave Costello a chance to try out his dream career of working as an engineer for CSX.

"I got to work at the Nelsonville Railroad," he said.

Until he can get to work on his future career, Costello will concentrate on attaining Eagle Scout status.

He said he is hoping to complete the work for his last two merit badges this year and be part of the court of honor in December where he can receive Eagle Scout status.