NEW LEXINGTON — Seeing a need and doing something about it are two different things. However, this is not the case for a young man on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. When Tyler Compton saw mask-wearing due to COVID-19 becoming an issue, the Logan High School junior took it upon himself to make a positive difference during such a negative time.
Tyler is a Boy Scout in Troop 395 on a mission to earn Eagle Scout status. He chose to construct a face mask that could be used by voters during the November elections. Knowing that early voting would require his face shields to be ready to wear earlier than the first Tuesday in November, Tyler began the production process during the summer.
He used a 3-D printer at Logan High School to create the frame for the clear lamination plastic shield and then utilized a hole punch so that the shield could be attached to the frame. On Monday, Oct. 12, he and Troop 395 Scout leader, Glenn Carpenter, delivered 112 face shields to the Perry County Board of Elections Office in New Lexington.
“The masks can be sanitized for reuse or people can keep the mask once they use it,” Tyler explained. He added that the masks could be used by staff members working at the office as well as voters.
The project was far from being a one-man show, according to Tyler. Every Scout in his troop as well as Carpenter participated in the effort. Tyler also thanked his teacher at Logan High School, Mr. Abram, for making the 3-D printer available for the production of the masks.
“Ten people worked a total of 70 hours on the project,” Tyler recalled. He added that the most tedious effort in the production was sanding the plastic frames once they progressed through the production stage.
Tyler described how two different models finally evolved into the prototype that eventually became the finished product. The production cost was covered by donations from his parents as well as the parents of his fellow Scouts.
Tyler is a resident of Gore, Ohio, which is just outside New Straitsville on the way to Logan. He has been involved in scouting since the first grade. Tyler explained that 14 required merit badges must be earned to become an Eagle Scout. These badges would go along with the 20-21 badges that already adorn his uniform.
“I think you might like to meet a young man with a really good project,” was the hook Steve Baker, Perry County’s GOP chairman, used to bring Tyler’s accomplishment to the attention of the Perry County Tribune. Baker was right on target about a young man poised to become Troop 395’s next Eagle Scout.