Theodore Schuler-Sandy, BSA Troop 444, Albuquerque, New Mexico
On March 25, 1998, Alison Schuler contacted TAAS about the possibility of
her son, Theodore, using the General Nathan Twining Observatory (GNTO) as
a venue for his Eagle Project.
What is an Eagle Project? One requirement for obtaining the rank of Eagle
Scout is to manage a public service project requiring at least 100 person
hours. Theodore was a student member of TAAS and familiar with GNTO.
The TAAS Board of Directors approved the concept and asked the Observatory
Committee to work with Theodore on details. The project was concluded on
August 15, 1998.
The project was ambitious, well planed, and well executed. In all, over 60
people provided over 1,125 person hours of labor. Theodore raised $7,677.51
in cash, material, and service donations.
The fact that Theodore is only 12 years old makes all this even more remarkable.
Theodore at the end of the project. A little sunburned and very tired.
Chronology of the project
April 9, 1998
Observatory committee presents the concept of an Eagle Project at GNTO
to the Board of Directors. Theodore and the GNTO Committee are given the green light.
Theodore meets with GNTO Committee at GNTO.
Theodore makes several planning trips to GNTO. Sends first plan
to Observatory Committee.
Initial plans presented to the Board of Directors.
Theodore refines his plan with input from the Observatory Committee.
Detailed plans presented to the Board of Directors.
Theodore makes a presentation to the members at the June general meeting
following Dr. Harrison Schmitt's presentation. Photo.