Summit Country Day School sophomore Hudson Nuss has attained the rank of Eagle Scout after spearheading the revitalization of a portion of the outdoor space at St. Joseph Orphanage.
Hudson is a member of Troop 672 through All Saints parish. A Cub Scout since first grade and Boy Scout since fifth grade, he received his Eagle Scout award in February, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
A leadership service project is one of several elements a scout must complete to achieve the Eagle Award. Hudson organized and supervised the work of more than six dozen people – including 43 volunteers and 33 donors – to restore the breezeway at St. Joseph Orphanage, an area used for sessions between counselors and children, as a space for the workers to relax and a place for parties for the children.
“I chose the St. Joseph Orphanage project because we realized, after meeting with Lisa Caminiti, the volunteer coordinator, that renovating and reinvigorating this area would benefit both the children and the staff at the site,” Hudson said. “Mrs. Caminiti had been working on improving this space over time, and her vision and excitement were very encouraging to me. This seemed like a project I would be forever proud to dedicate my efforts toward.”
Hudson planned the project, which involved much back-and-forth discussion with orphanage officials about what they needed. Initially estimating the project would cost $3,000, he completed it at half that cost because of many donations and discounts. In three work sessions totaling 432 man-hours of work, he coordinated troop members, parents and friends in scraping paint off pillars, power washing the floor, repairing light fixtures, cleaning and re-arranging existing benches, assembling new swing benches, painting pillars and doors, adding large potted plants and hanging plants and a wrought iron decoration.
“Hudson, his family and friends were amazing,” Mrs. Caminiti said. “The breezeway was such a bleak unused area and was in desperate need of a makeover. With the help from his family, troop and friends, Hudson warmed it up and made the area beautiful. The area is full of color now.”
At The Summit, Hudson is a member of the state champion Latin Club, has run cross country and indoor track and played basketball. He has been a member of two Summit theatrical productions, “The Odd Couple” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He has also served as an ambassador for students who shadow the school. In addition to the service with his Scout troop, Hudson regularly volunteers at the Aubrey Rose Foundation and summer Safety Village.