Winthrop University: Center for Civic Learning - Scout Projects

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 Award 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 are listed below. If you have have an idea of your own, reach out to the contacts for Scout projects, to discuss it.

Scout responsibilities: To help ensure adequate progress and successful completion of the projects, we ask the following of each Scout:

  • Scouts will meet with Winthrop personnel to review possible projects. Winthrop employees can provide information about the available resources, university policies and required forms, and project requirements.
  •  Scouts who commit to a project at Winthrop should communicate with their Winthrop contacts within six months. At that time the Scout should provide a tentative timeline for project completion.
  • Once the Scout commits to a project, he/she should touch base every three months thereafter. If we don't hear from a Scout at these regular intervals, we will make the Scout's project available to other Scouts.
  • As the project progresses, the Scout will provide all proofs of designs and plans, language for signs, and the like need to her/his Winthrop contact for approval. This will occur prior to submission to the Scout leadership or ordering materials.
  • Sometimes Scouts change their minds and decide to do a project elsewhere. Should this occur, please notify your Winthrop contacts so we can make the project available to other Scouts.
  • On work days, Scouts will recycle waste items whenever possible. 

For more information, email the contacts for Scout projects, Mr. Chris Johnson, Winthrop's Sustainability Coordinator, and Dr. Cheryl Fortner-Wood, professor of psychology. 


Available Projects

Project Name


Estimated Cost


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.



Tree Guide

Design and write an interpretive tree guide for the main campus



Clean Up

Help beautify the Winthrop Farm area by cleaning up and disposing of large debris and recycling as appropriate. This will make the area safe for wildlife and people.

Part 1

Eastern edge of Winthrop Woods (University Avenue side)



Part 2

Winthrop Lake and Wetlands Area



Part 3

Research area (West side of Woods and South of Belk Track)



Chimney Swift Tower

Chimney swifts are small birds that like to live in tall, narrow structures. The Audubon Society has identified the Chimney Swift as a "priority bird," threatened by loss of habitat. Help establish a population of Chimney Swifts at Winthrop.

Part 1: Chimney Swift Tower

Build a tower for Chimney Swifts. Plans are available online through Audubon Society  



Part 2: Chimney Swift Information Sign

Design an outdoor sign to place near the Chimney Swift tower to hold information materials about the birds and their habitat. Ensure that the materials are protected from the weather.



Woods/Succession Plot area covered Information Sign

Design a covered information sign near the Winthrop Woods and succession plot area



Tree planting

Plant trees on main campus or the Farm as part of Winthrop's master tree plan. Limit 10 trees per Scout. Trees must be planted between December and February only.



Garden plot clean up

Clean up excess vegetation and weeds in fenced garden plots near rear greenhouse.


On hold pending consultation with Biology faculty

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.



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


Restore Tillman Court Yard (#2)

Refurbish a second small courtyard near Tillman hall.

Depends upon complexity of project


Piedmont Wetlands

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


Wetlands Project 1


Repair and alteration of existing platform and walkway.




Wetlands 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

Design and install storage space



Part 2

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



Part 3

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




Projects Completed - Thank you to the following Scouts, and their teams, who have made Winthrop a better place by planning and completing the following projects.

Large Debris Clean Up at Eastern Edge of Winthrop Woods (Evan Asel, Troop 1280)

Diversity & Inclusion Garden (Emily Pilarczyk, Troop 250G)

Rocket Bat Houses at Winthrop Lake (Lewis Merkle, Troop 219)

Flag Retirement Plaza & Fire Pit (Grant Bohnen, Troop 277)

Raised Garden Plots at the Community Garden (Pierce Wood, Troop 133)

Carnivorous Plant Garden (Don Barnes, Troop 205) 

Rain Garden (Ryan Certo, Troop 250)

Landscape design with indigenous plants and flowers (Anthony Foos, Troop 133)

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 (Nathan Alexander, Troop 277)

Bat Houses (Girl Scout Troop 1146)

Tree planting #1 (Phillip Hoopingarner, Troop 255)

South Carolina Garden (Raquel Harrison)

Interpretive Campus Trail Guide (William Lewis, Troop 925)

Shelter for picnic tables at the community garden (Coby Wood, Troop 133)

Tree planting #2 (Keegan Weakland, Troop 133)

Tree planting #3 (Charadeep Tatineni, Troop 130)

Instructor's demonstration bench and podium for outdoor classroom. (David Whitcomb, Troop 109)


Liability Waiver (pdf- 222 kb) 

Medical Release Form (pdf - 245 kb) 

Photography Release Form (pdf - 164 kb) 

Getting your Scout Project Underway (pdf - 333 kb)


Last Updated: 3/21/21