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Beaumont Project Honors Life Of Late Scout

July 23, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered about the power of Scouting, just ask Kari and Jason Lovera. They’ve witnessed the incredible things that can happen when Scouters come together.

In April 2016, the Lovera’s experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. They learned of their son Carter’s sudden passing. A vibrant young man of just 13, Carter was a kid of genuine character and a friend to everyone he met .

Honoring A Scout

In Scouting, one of Carter’s favorite activities was shooting sports, so naturally it was the first thing that came to mind when the Lovera’s dreamed of doing something to honor their late son. That’s when they decided to remodel the timeworn rifle range at Beaumont Scout Reservation.

After reaching out to friends and family, fundraising, and taking advantage of the council’s Forever Funds Matching Gift program, the Lovera’s raised a staggering $52,000.

With the funds secured, it was time to get to work. The Loveras met with Beaumont head ranger Charlie Griffy to put the plans in place. In addition to the actual shooting range, the facility also boasts solar lighting for night shooting as well as a pavilion where Scouts can receive instruction in a safe and structured area before heading to the range. Plus, Kari’s dad, a retired landscape architect, helped design the grounds and layout.

“When we started, we didn’t really know, couldn’t imagine, what it would look like,” said Jason, a rifle and shotgun merit badge counselor. “We’re very pleased. Thrilled really.”

Most of the work came together when the group organized a work day in the spring. About 30 Scouts spent their Saturday painting, installing gutters, putting up a fence and constructing a fire ring to help honor their fellow Scouter who, according to best friend Ricky C., “was kind, caring and helpful.”

“We want people to know why we chose the rifle range as the project,” said Jason. “Or, more broadly speaking, why we chose to remember Carter through Scouts when essentially we could have chosen lots of things.

“First, in my opinion, Carter always represented the best in Scouting. He was the Scout who tried to live by its mottos and principles. His favorite activity within Scouts was shooting sports. When we are at the rifle range, we think of Carter. So, in that regard, it’s a special place for us.”

On The Road To Eagle

Involved since Tigers, Carter earned his Arrow of Light, Super-Achiever Award and God and Me as a Cub Scout in Pack 781. Always one to be helpful, Carter became a Den Chief for his little brother’s den after crossing over to Boy Scouts. He enjoyed working with younger Scouts which is why he also loved serving as a troop guide for Troop 781. Carter recognized the importance of ensuring first-year Scouts had a great experience.

Through two years at the Boy Scout level, Carter achieved Life and earned 15 merit badges. He often spoke with his parents about possible Eagle Scout projects.

Shortly after his passing, Carter was posthumously elected into the Order of the Arrow. Two fellow Scouts, AJ and Ben, attended Fall Reunion and performed Carter’s work duty so that his requirements would be fulfilled. Ben accepted Carter’s sash on his behalf in fall 2016.

Additionally, Carter was given the Spirit of the Eagle Award, presented posthumously to recognize the contributions of Scouting members who lost their lives in an untimely accident or illness. It is bestowed by the National Court of Honor as part of the celebration of the recipient’s life. It recognizes the joy, happiness, and life-fulfilling experiences the Scouting program made in the person’s life.