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Garrett Biel earned his Eagle Scout rank after he led the designing, construction and installation of six new benches at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve in Johns Creek. (click for larger version)
January 04, 2014
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Garrett Biel will be the last Eagle Scout of Troop 317.

Because of the Boy Scouts of America's recent inclusion of gay youths, Troop 317, which is sponsored by Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, has cut ties with the BSA organization.

Biel's Eagle Scout Board of Review was on Dec. 30 and the Troop 317 converted to Trail Life USA the following day.

Biel's Eagle Scout project benefitted Autrey Mill Nature Preserve in Johns Creek.

Biel led the design, construction and installation of six new benches and the removal of the old benches at The Overlook, an outdoor classroom area used by the staff to teach school groups about the woodlands. A finishing touch was the addition of mulch to the area. The new benches were installed parallel to the old ones making for better use of the space and a more aesthetically pleasing environment.

Biel, a junior at South Forsyth High School, chose this project because Autrey Mill was in need of these benches and there was minimal seating for visitors there. Now with the installment of these new benches, AMNP can teach larger groups of children about nature and the outdoors, as well as have more room for visitors out on a hike.

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