NORTH CANTON Painting, at times, is fun. For some people, painting is a chore out of necessity and is often challenging. And for other people, painting is relaxing.
For Max Schumaker, he encountered the fun, anxiety, challenge and maybe he even relaxed when his Eagle Scout project was completed. Schumaker painted the meeting room at Zion United Church of Christ in North Canton.
"My Scout Master (Jim Strauch) and I were looking for ideas for my project," said Schumaker, a junior at Hoover High School. "We looked around and noticed the meeting room needed painted. So I went before the property committee at the church and then they approved the project."
Similar to any project, Schumaker came to realize there is more to the project than just putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls.
"The property committee said the room had not been painted in 35 years," said Schumaker, the son of Sarah and Steve. He has one sibling, Will. "The room need washed, the counters needed redone and the items hanging on the wall were not secure. And the ceiling was 14 feet high from the floor."
Schumaker said the supplies he needed was eight gallons of paint, flooring tiles and boards for wall. The ceiling was painted white, the upper portion of the walls above a chair rail were painted tan like a scout’s shirt and below the chair rail was hunter green.
"I was really lucky with the paint," said Schumaker, who is a member of Hoover’s Marching Band and the STEM program, which helps kids interested in engineering. "I ran into James Dalviel of PPG painting, who is a distributor that works with the Olympic paint brand. He overhead me talking to someone at Lowe’s about my project. He donated all eight gallons of paint. The rest of the project cost about $200, which was donated by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles."
For all scout projects, the scout must lay out a detailed plan and time schedule.
"The steps for my project included clearing the project with the church, troop and Boy Scout Council," said Schumaker. "I also had to plan out the time and cost of the project. Next, I had to fundraise for the supplies. That is where I met Mr. Dalviel. Then 10 scouts from my troop helped me clear out all the furniture in the room, wash the walls and at the end put all the furniture back in the room. My troop could not help me paint the room because according to Boy Scout of America safety rules, troop members cannot be more than two feet off the ground without being tethered to something for safety. So my mom, dad, brother and grandfather (Bob Winther) painted the room and ceiling."
Schumaker said the entire project took 161 hours from the crew. Schumaker described the lessons he learned from this experience.
"I really learned the biggest and hardest part of this project is planning out," said Schumaker. "The project goes easier if you keep on schedule. A schedule helped get the project done faster and on time."
Every project encounters a curveball and Schumaker had his as well.
"The only curveball was a ladder," said Schumaker. "We had a ladder, but needed to rent another ladder. But other than that the project went well."
Schumaker became involved in Boys Scouts in first grade.
"I saw a really cool presentation at Orchard Hill Elementary," said Schumaker. "I told my parents it looked cool. I stayed in because it was good.
"I would definitely recommend the Boy Scouts to other people. The Boy Scouts teaches leadership skills and how to work with other people. This teaches you tons of skills and how to work with other kids."