Preston Holland’s Eagle Scout project spruces up Isanti Community Center

This area has been blessed with a strong run of Eagle Scout projects which have impacted parks and organizations.

Preston Holland of Isanti Troop #523 pictured at the May 19 landscaping day at the Isanti Community Center which was his Eagle Scout Award community project. Photos by Greg Hunt

The latest local Boy Scout on the path to the top award is 17-year-old Preston Holland of rural Cambridge who led a landscape remodeling for the Isanti Community Center.

“We have meetings here at the Isanti Community Center the first Mondays of each month. I saw the landscaping needed to be fixed up along the entrance area to the center,” explained Holland while taking a break during the May 19 work day in the dirt. “One of our previous Eagle Scouts (Jake Berry) did a landscaping upgrade for his church, so that helped put the idea in my head.”

Preston Holland recruited and managed a large group of volunteers for the May 19 work day, including his brother-in-law Asher Judd of Outdoor Innovations whose equipment helped with dirt hauling and old shrub removal.

Holland worked with his mother, Colleen, to draw up a plant plan of what they thought would look good along the Community Center. Holland then applied for a grant through the Isanti Lions to help pay for the project, along with the Holland family kicking in funds. He then approached the Isanti City Council to receive approval for the landscaping.

Holland recruited his brother-in-law, Asher Judd of Outdoor Innovations of Hugo, to bring his equipment and black-dirt hauling dump truck for the work day. Along with his father, Tim, Preston also drew together a large group of fellow Scouts and other friends to show up on the 19th to pull old shrubs, lay out the dirt and dig holes for the wide variety of colorful plants which completes the new look, tracking all the volunteer hours for the report he will need to compile for his Eagle Scout paperwork.

Preston Holland in front of the completed landscaping at the Isanti Community Center. Photo submitted

“Leadership and teamwork are probably the biggest things I got out of joining Boy Scouts– being able to do projects like this,” said Holland. He added that his favorite fun Scouting activities over the years were week-long camps at Many Point Camp in northern Minnesota and the winter weekend camps at Spectacle Lake which included ice fishing.

Holland will be wrapping up his Eagle Scout report in early summer, with his individual Eagle Scout Award ceremony coming in mid-summer.