Being outdoors is the thing that most appeals to Mason Eller about Boy Scouts.

Being outdoors is the thing that most appeals to Mason Eller about Boy Scouts.

The project the junior at Jerome High School completed for his Eagle Scout project kept him outside quite a bit.

The 16-year-old completed landscaping outside the Jerome United Methodist Church he attends, beautifying the front of the church after water line work tore up grass and landscaping beds.

Several landscaping beds were enlarged and rebuilt in front of the church. Eller also tilled, seeded and covered with grass an area that had been ripped up by a water line project.

"The most excruciating task was to redo the parts with the grass," Eller said.

The work was completed by Eller andseveral volunteers over the course of two weekends.

In late May, Eller oversaw 17 volunteers and June 7, he worked with 13 others.

The idea came from a man at the church.

"We had a concerned citizen in the church, Ron Walker, who gave us the project because he fixes things around the church," Eller said.

Planning began in April and Eller moved fast to get the landscaping beds and seeding done before summer hit.

"It was a tight timeline to get it done before summer," he said. "It took a lot of work to plan and get contacts."

The mulch and seeds for the project came from a church member who owns a landscaping company. A friend donated straw to keep the grass seed safe.

For rototillers, however, Eller tackled the church directory and made calls until he found people willing to let him borrow the equipment for a few days.

"On the first work day there was a lost oil cap and one tiller didn't work," he said. "Only one of the three tillers worked. That was the biggest challenge we came across."

But Eller, who has been a Life Scout for a year-and-a-half, got through the challenge.

Eller joined scouting as a Cub Scout and has been part of scouting despite two moves between Ohio and North Carolina. He is now a part of Troop 299 based at Indian Run United Methodist Church.

"I didn't have much else to do for Eagle Scout," Eller said of the work to achieve the rank.

The outdoor adventures have kept Eller involved with the Boy Scouts.

"Usually the outings are really fun," he said. "I like shooting guns and white water rafting.

"I've always enjoyed camping. We go on skiing trips."