CANFIELD – Boy Scout Evan McNally, 18, wins his Eagle Award for a project he did at On Target, a nonprofit youth mentoring ministry that uses outdoor sports such as archery. archery, archery, hunting, fishing and camping as a way to connect with young people.
His project was the planning, fundraising and construction of six picnic benches for On Target Outfitters. âNew programs and camps are offered each year as On Target grows. The benches will be used for the next summer camps for years to come, âhe said.
Much of what happens at On Target aligns with McNally’s passions. He enjoys rifle shooting, fishing and hunting, as well as drawing, sketching and origami.
On July 28, McNally, son of Tom and Sharr McNally of Canfield, will attend an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Canfield United Methodist Church Sanctuary as he becomes the 187th Eagle Scout of BSA Troop 9025.
For his Eagle qualifications, McNally had to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. He finished with 22.
McNally joined BSA Troop 9025 in 2014. For the past seven years he has served the troop as leader, historian, scribe, senior patrol leader and quartermaster.
Among its many activities were Camp Seven Ranges summer camp for five years, Troop 9025 Survival Camp, a 50 mile canoe trip on the Allegheny River, Troop Caveman Camp 9025, the Gettysburg Historic Hike, the Conneaut D-Day World War II Re-enactment Historic Hike, was a four-year participant in the Klondike Derby District, and Troop 9025 Junior Leadership Training at Camp Stambaugh.
In recent years, McNally has made a living holding several jobs. He worked for two years at the Ohio Structures manufacturing plant, parked cars at the Canfield Fair, shoveled driveways and sidewalks in the winter, and did various landscaping jobs.
McNally graduated this spring from Canfield High School where he was a wrestler for three years, choir member for eight years since fifth grade, chamber ensemble special choir member for three years. He was also recognized as a gifted math student and achieved a perfect score for the competitive chamber ensemble choir.
At his church, Old North Baptist Church in Canfield, he is a member of the church’s youth group.
For the future, he has already established his plans.
âI’ll be going to Youngstown State University on campus, majoring in civil engineering,â he said.