On Saturday morning, if you’re looking for 16-year-old Scott Trott, you’ll likely find him bright and early at The Open Door food pantry on Emerson Avenue, beginning work on his Eagle Scout project.
Scott, a sophomore at Gloucester High School, is building a network of shelving to enhance the pantry’s ability to safely store food items and other supplies for later distribution.
“Even though he belongs to Boy Scout Troop 4 in Beverly, Scott wanted to do something here in Gloucester because he’s a Gloucester boy,” said his mother, Jenny Lord. “He chose The Open Door because he also volunteers there.”
Scott said his volunteer work at The Open Door gave him an appreciation for the selfless work being done there. The project, he said, will include the installation of four wooden shelves and he hopes to complete it in one day.
Incredibly, Scott is the second Eagle Scout in the Trott family. His older brother Bobby Trott, now 21, earned Eagle Scout status in 2015 for a project restoring the Civil War monument in Riverdale.
Even more incredible, both brothers were diagnosed with special needs. Scott’s brother was born partially blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. Scott was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2.
“They’re both out to show that kids with special needs are just like any other kids,” said Sean Trott, the boys’ father. “He’s earned 43 merit badges and he only had to earn 21 for Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts have been unbelievable for both of my boys. Because of the Boy Scouts, Scott wants to study birds when he’s done with school.”
Jenny Trott said Scott never allows his autism to stand in the way of his goals.
“If he’s set his mind to something, there’s no stopping him,” she said.
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