Collin Leigh of Watchung, NJ, has fulfilled his Eagle Scout service project requirement with the construction and installation of two raised planting beds at the Adult Day Club of Somerset Hills. Leigh is a member of Basking Ridge Troop 555, part of the Patriots’ Path Council. The project will benefit club members, many of whom are disabled by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Leigh developed interest in the Adult Day Club when visiting a member in attendance. After discussing project options with Maria Keenan, Adult Day Club Manager, they agreed that the raised planting beds would be a wonderful addition to the Club’s enclosed, secure outdoor garden. In addition to being an enjoyable hobby, gardening provides important therapeutic benefits such as sensory stimulation through touch and smell. For individuals with cognitive disabilities, this can help improve mood, decrease agitation, and trigger positive memories, contributing to a better quality of life. The project will provide year-round enrichment program opportunities at the Club. Indoors, members are currently nurturing the seedlings started by Leigh, and will be planting and caring for them during the late spring and summer.
“We are very appreciative that Collin chose the Adult Day Club as recipient of his project. It’s been a pleasure working together, and our members really enjoyed the warm and engaging conversation he brought during his interactive presentation,” said Keenan. “They look forward to his return.”