Documenting the grave locations and headstone information from small cemeteries is a wonderful opportunity for Boy Scout troops and those needing an Eagle Scout project. Mapping a small cemetery provides scouts with the following opportunities:
- Leadership—Scouts have the opportunity to organize and direct different teams towards a common goal.
- Organization—Scouts experience how to build teams based on individual team member skills and enthusiasm.
- Cartography—Scouts practice basic cartography skills. They learn how to translate what they see on the ground to paper and ultimately to the website.
- Photography—Scouts practice basic photography skills and learn how to compose a picture based on lighting, shadows, angles, and headstone text legibility.
- Genealogy—Scouts gain an appreciation for those who have gone before. They come to a better understanding of life, death, and families.
- Data Entry—Scouts practice data entry skills, both on paper and at the computer. They come to better appreciate the need for care, accuracy, and personal pride.
- Community Service—Scouts help preserve community information that potentially could be lost forever.
Learn more about Boy Scouts mapping cemeteries--read about two Scouts who have mapped cemeteries for their Eagle Scout Service Projects!
Helpful Links for Mapping Cemeteries
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