Scout crafts project for residents of home
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Boy Scout Cody Carlson shows the features of an interactive workbench to Astoria Gardens resident Ulla-Britt Pearson after his Eagle Scout project, designed to provide hands-on experiences, was delivered to the West Lowell Avenue facility specializing in care for people with memory-loss issues. Sam Matthews / Tracy Press
Boy Scout Cody Carlson shows the features of an interactive workbench to Astoria Gardens resident Ulla-Britt Pearson after his Eagle Scout project, designed to provide hands-on experiences, was delivered to the West Lowell Avenue facility specializing in care for people with memory-loss issues. Sam Matthews / Tracy Press
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A project completed by a Tracy Boy Scout as his Eagle Scout project is providing a new leisure-time activity for residents of Astoria Gardens.

The Scout, 16-year-old Cody Carlson, last week presented the project, called “an interactive workbench,” to the facility on West Lowell Avenue that specializes in care for mostly senior citizens with memory-loss issues.

The wooden workbench is not used for residents to make things, but allows them to explore its features, which include locks, latches, door handles, faucets and cubbies.

“The interactive workbench is designed to give people a hands-on experience as they try out the hardware installed in the workbench,” said Carlson, a member of Troop 501. “Both men and women should find it interesting, and we can add more things later on.”

Carlson, son of Josh and Kelly Holmes, worked with his grandfather Nels Carlson to create the interactive workbench. The grandfather’s experience as a building contractor helped a great deal, according to the Scout.

The 6-foot-wide workbench was constructed of red oak and plywood. It required about 300 hours to complete in Nels Carlson’s garage.

“It’s really been a blast working with my grandfather,” said the Tracy High School junior. “That made the whole project special.”
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