Eighteen-year-old Nathan Lehman recently helped the New Albany Presbyterian Church at 5220 Johnstown Road install a playground, following in his older brother's footsteps and earning a considerable accolade in the process.
Lehman, a member of Troop 450, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve.
It requires a Boy Scout to earn 21 merit badges and organize, lead, manage and complete an extensive service project before he turns 18.
Lehman's brother, Daniel, earned the rank in 2013 for building signs for the New Albany Presbyterian Church. Daniel, 19, is entering his sophomore year at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., where he is majoring in computer science and software engineering.
Lehman said he attends the church and found out during a service someone was needed to lead playground construction.
He said the biggest challenge he faced was in trying to plan construction in light of the weather.
"The build day ended up being during a thunderstorm, which made work conditions miserable, but we adapted and were able to work in the rain," Lehman said in an email.
New Albany Mayor Nancy Ferguson, who attends the church, said she was very impressed with Lehman's work and said he has a "lot of philanthropy in his life."
Lehman said he learned a lot from the project.
"I learned a lot about communication during this project," he said in an email. "It took a lot to get different groups of people organized, not only for the build day, but also for digging the holes and setting the construction area. "
He said his time as a Boy Scout has been beneficial.
"In general, scouting has encouraged me to be a dependable, moral and industrious citizen of the USA," he said in an email. "Scouting is all about being prepared for anything while also giving back to the community. Scouts choose to live by the oath and law of scouting because they lead to a fulfilling life.
"Scouting has shown me the benefits of being a good citizen, and I think that will help me the most in the future."
Lehman was a 2014 New Albany High School valedictorian who also earned a perfect score on the ACT.
He plans to study computer science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville in the fall.
New Albany City Council on Aug. 5 recognized Lehman's accomplishment as an Eagle Scout when Ferguson proclaimed Aug. 9 as "Nathan Lehman Day."
Lehman's Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held Aug. 9 at the Franklin Church on Central College Road.