Messalonskee High School student and aspiring Eagle Scout Adam DeWitt has a busy week ahead, lining up the final details for next Sunday’s concert to benefit the Travis Mills Foundation. DeWitt has been planning and organizing this concert for the better part of a year as his Eagle Scout project.
“The process is a very long and difficult one as I have found out,” said DeWitt, “but in the end, being able to help a great organization like the Travis Mills Foundation will definitely make it all worth it.”
Scouting is a family tradition for DeWitt; both of his brothers were Boy Scouts and his father has been a scout leader for the past 15 years. DeWitt started as a Cub Scout when he was 7, and this weekend’s concert will be one of the final steps he has to take to achieve the highest level of scouting, the Eagle Scout.
While Adam will be the 3rd DeWitt brother to achieve this level, only about 6% of Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. The Eagle Scout project alone requires a lot of dedication; the scout has to plan, develop, and lead others in a service project that benefits an organization other than the Boy Scouts. The project proposal has to be approved by the organization in question, by the scout’s unit leader and committee, and by the council before the scout can even begin.
DeWitt chose to combine his dedication to the scouts with his love of music to benefit an organization he greatly admires.
“I chose the Travis Mills Foundation because of the huge amount of help they provide wounded veterans just within our community,” said DeWitt. “I thought that the more I can help the Travis Mills Foundation, the more wounded veterans they will be able to help. I decided that raising money through a benefit concert would be the best way.”
Using family, school and community connections, DeWitt has assembled a very talented group of local performers, including several MHS based musical groups, local bands Bedside and Running Behind, and the UMF premier acapella group, Clef Notes.
DeWitt hopes to raise $1500 dollars entirely through donations. Admission to the concert is free, but DeWitt is hoping that the community will be moved by the music and the cause and contribute what they can. All money raised will go to the Travis Mills Foundation to support their Veterans Retreat in Rome, Maine.
The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Messalonskee High School Performing Arts Center, 131 Messalonskee High Drive.
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