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Scout Projects

Winthrop University is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to provide opportunities for Boy Scout Eagle Award Projects or Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Projects. Watch this space for project ideas and see how the projects evolve.

Projects may be on Winthrop University’s main campus (701 Oakland Avenue) or the Recreation and Research Complex (i.e. “the Farm”), located about one mile east of the main campus on Eden Terrace Avenue. The Winthrop Farm has a number of spaces used by Biology students for teaching and learning. They include a wetlands, lake, woods, and succession plots, whereby students can observe changes in the environment.

Available Projects

Project Name


Estimated Cost


Car Charging Stations Help encourage environmental stewardship! Write a grant to secure funds to purchase electric car charging stations and install these stations in designated areas on campus.   Available

Bird Strike Preventive Strategies

Research the frequency of bird strikes on campus buildings. Develop and implement a strategy to reduce incidence of bird strikes.



Biology Greenhouse at the Farm

Research storage needs for the Biology Greenhouse. Design and build storage building near the Greenhouse.



Theme Garden Other theme garden: Do you have a favorite artist, composer, author or naturalist who mentions plants in her/his work? Design a garden in her/his honor. <$500 Available
Campus Recycling Select at least three campus buildings and conduct a recycling and waste audit over one month. Determine the number of centralized recycling collection stations each building needs. Purchase Winthrop standard bins and work with Winthrop personnel to place bins and add signage. Repeat recycling and waste audit to document change. $500 three-building audit underway; purchase/locate bins available
Restore Tillman Court Yard Refurbish a small courtyard that needs some TLC. Design and plan a small garden with decorative plants, seating area, and/or sculpture. Use your creativity to make this a really special place. Depends upon complexity of project Underway
Restore Tillman Court Yard (#2) Refurbish a second small courtyard near Tillman hall. Depends upon complexity of project Underway
Community Garden In partnership with Rock Hill School District 3, Winthrop University has a community garden where volunteers raise vegetables for needy families in the community. The garden is located off Constitution Avenue.
Project 1 Build a shelter for picnic tables $500-$1000 depending on size and materials Underway

Piedmont Wetlands

Biology students use a Piedmont wetlands area at the Farm for teaching and learning. The wetlands area has several possible projects suitable for Scouts:


Project 1

Repair and alteration of existing platform and walkway.



Project 2

Identify invasive species in the Wetlands area and develop a plan for removal; work with troop leaders and university personnel to stage a clean up day.



Teaching and Research Shelter

Create an outdoor teaching and learning space for Winthrop faculty and students near the Winthrop Woods, located at the Winthrop Farm. This project includes several sub-projects that are suitable for individual or group scout projects:

Part 1

Prepare site and design flooring to support picnic tables. 



Part 2

Build a tall standing table as an instructor’s demonstration bench and podium. Secure against theft.



Part 3

Design and install an open air shelter over the work space. 



Part 4

Design and install storage space



Part 5

Design and install rainwater collection and storage system for the shelter.



Part 6

Investigate requirements for electrical power and install solar energy panels at the shelter.



Part 7 Design and install wooden observation tower for bird watching. Unknown Available


Projects Completed

Carnivorous Plant Garden. (Don Barnes, Troop 205). Photos to come
Rain Garden (Ryan Certo, Troop 250) Photos to come
Water sampling platforms and covered sign at Winthrop Lake (Levi Ward, Troop 276) 
Bird Houses at Winthrop Farm (Bennett Whitcomb, Troop 276) 
Survey and informational signs at succession plots at Winthrop Farm (David Acre)
Picnic tables at outdoor classroom (Elliot Mackay, Troop 925) 
Nighttime energy audit and educational project (Suzanne Fitzgerald, Troop 319)
Bee Colony and Pollinator Garden (Alex Rempel, Troop 250)
Certified wildflower garden and pollinator colony (Carrie Roth, Troop 177)
Post Property Line at the Winthrop Woods (Tanner Robinson, Troop 276)
Shakespeare garden: The Bard’s plays and poems include numerous references to plants. Design a garden of plants (suitable to soil, water, and sun conditions) that Shakespeare mentions in his works (Nathan Alexander, Troop 277)
Bat Houses: Bats eat insects that can carry disease. Thus they are an important part of an ecosystem. Conduct a bat count on the main campus and/or the farm; identify locations for and install bat houses to attract new colonies of bats. (Girl Scout Troop 1146)
Planting Indigenous Trees (Phillip Hoopingarner, Troop 255)
South Carolina Garden (Raquel Harrison)
Interpretive Campus Trail Guide (William Lewis, Troop 925)


Ready to get started? Please contact Dr. Karen Kedrowski, Executive Director, Center for Civic Learning, to learn more and to get started. You can reach her at or 803/323-2217.

Liability Waiver (pdf - 137 kb)
Medical Release Form (pdf - 177 kb)
Photography Release Form (pdf - 87 kb)
Getting your Scout Project underway (pdf - 367kb)

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