Edina Scout's Project Selected as Council Eagle Project of the Year
And Also Earned the Hornaday Award
Christopher Minge, a junior at Edina High School, was presented with
the council’s National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award at
the Mustang District Dinner on May 4th. The award recognizes valuable
service of an exceptional nature by a Scout through their Eagle Scout
leadership service project. Each council can select one project and we
had over 700 Eagles last year!
For his Eagle Scout service project, Christopher helped develop an
iOS app for the mWater software. The app, mWater Surveyor, allows
organizations to track wells and water sources in impoverishment parts
of the world, allowing for more efficient organization and handling of
resources. Users can map sites such as water points, sanitation
facilities, schools, health clinics, or communities and monitor them
over time with mobile surveys.
“I saw the opportunity after I learned that Haiti Outreach was using
the mWater software and thought it would be useful to have a mobile app
to upload and organize data in,” says Christopher. “I realized that
this might be my chance to do something truly useful and make a
Using computer science skills, Christopher invested hours of coding
into the project. He led Scouts through the testing and review of the
application, including an analysis of features to be added and ways to
In addition to receiving Service Project of the Year, Christopher
was awarded the rarely achieved Hornaday Award for his contributions to
natural resource conservation. The Hornaday Award requires the Scout to
earn several conservation merit badges that aren’t required for Eagle,
and his Eagle project must be a conservation project that fits within
one of 8 categories.
Project of the Year Award
Christopher received the award for the mWater Surveyor project that
uses volunteer data to visually track water sources and their status
(functional, broken, contaminated, clean, etc.). The mobile mapping app
allows organizations to identify problematic regions, or groups of
households far from clean water, and work together with those
communities in their well-drilling efforts.
“The most valuable and impactful thing that Boy Scouts taught me are
leadership qualities,” says Christopher. “This project allowed me to
work with adults and do coding in a workplace setting. I look forward
to future opportunities to make a difference.”
The mWater Surveyor app is available for free in the app store!