LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – For the past 15 months, Madison County’s Titus Gustafson has been working on what can be considered his capstone project, the last step, to officially earn the title of Eagle Scout.

Gustafson spearheaded the project for a new fenced-in area and showcase pas for the animals at the Madison County Animal Shelter.

Although he had help along the way, Gustafson oversaw the entire project and had a hand in every aspect from planning, to getting donations, and even helping build.

Gustafson’s hard work has community members grateful.

“It was a great accomplishment and the Madison County Animal Shelter is going to benefit from it for many years,” said Madison County Judge Executive Reagan Taylor.

From the outset of putting this project together, Gustafson knew he wanted to stand out.

“I didn’t want to do just some simple little wood construction like a lot of projects are,” Gustafson said. “They are still helpful of course but I wanted to stand out a little bit.”

That drive to stand above the rest, in addition to being a pet owner, made perfect sense for Gustafson to help out the shelter.

“Basically from the street view that the shelter probably needed something because it was kind of an old building,” Gustafson said.

At just 16 years old, the actions of Gustafson have people like Taylor optimistic for the next generation of leaders.

“Our young kids that are growing up, learning responsibility, learning to give back to the community and putting service above self,” Taylor said. “And I think this is what this shows. That he has taken the initiative to put our community, our animal shelter before himself.”

With this project being the final hurdle in Gustafson’s path to becoming an Eagle Scout, he has a new goal in mind.

“There’s a thing for high adventure bases which is like the one I described in New Mexico called the Triple Crown because there are four and if you got to three of the four it’s the Triple Crown,” Gustafson said.

Gustafson says he has been involved in scouting since the fifth grade and that he owes a lot to it.

“I don’t think I’d be nearly as good of a person or be as prepared for my future if I wasn’t in scouting,” Gustafson said.

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