Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Jonathan Knack, bottom, and his brother Stephen Knack, top, hammer nails into the shed they helped build at the Amsterdam High School track.
By CASEY CROUCHER
Recorder News Staff
When Jonathan Knack learned he had to complete a project in order to advance from Boy Scout to Eagle Scout, he knew exactly what to do.
"The [Amsterdam High School] track team recently got new hurdles because the old ones kept breaking," Knack said. "We were storing the new hurdles underneath the school, but it wasn't a good spot for them, so I decided a new track shed was in order."
Knack, 16, a member of the AHS track team and Boy Scout Troop 48, said he rounded up fellow scouts, teammates, family members and friends to help him devise a plan.
He got Curtis Lumber and Lowe's to donate a majority of the supplies, with only $700 left to raise, through bottle drives and donations.
On Saturday, Knack and his troop went to the AHS track to start constructing the shed.
He recruited his neighbor, Anthony Constantine of Constantine Building, to help him build the shed correctly.
"Jonathan purchased plans for the shed and I'm just here to make sure everything is done correctly," Constantine said. "I'm also cutting about 99 percent of the wood today."
He said he's proud that Knack will advance to Eagle Scout once the shed is complete.
"We need more kids like Jonathan," he said. "We need more Boy Scouts in general. All of these kids here today are so well-mannered; I haven't heard one foul thing come out of their mouths."
Dave Kline, assistant scout master for Troop 48, said Knack's final project was a good idea and he's happy to see him make it to Eagle Scout.
"It's always nice seeing someone cross the finish line because a lot of scouts don't make it to eagle," Kline said. "A lot of scouts either run out of time or lose interest and it's great seeing [Knack] stick with it."
Knack's younger brother, Stephen Knack, said he's proud of his older brother.
"He started before me and it's awesome seeing him get this far," Stephen said. "Seeing him do this has influenced me to work harder at getting to Eagle Scout too."
The 14-year-old said his older brother's project inspired him with the idea to construct a shed for the AHS soccer team once his time comes to advance to Eagle Scout.
"I'm almost there," Stephen said.
As for Jonathan, he said he feels pretty happy with the work he's done.
"This is my last step toward becoming an Eagle Scout," he said, "and I'm helping my track team out. It feels good knowing I'm helping them out and I'm advancing; I'm pretty happy."