RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Thomas Nowoslawski admits he did not know what he was getting into when he decided to build a labyrinth in front of Grace Episcopal Church for his Eagle Scout project.
But now the church yard is dug up and the structure is going up.
"I didn’t realize how big a project it is," said 15-year-old Nowoslawski. "It sounded easy, but it has ended up being much more difficult."
A labyrinth is a sort of spiritual walkway that winds back and forth until it arrives at a center point. Labyrinth's have a meditative quality to them, and can represent the journey to the center of oneself.
The scout's mother Diana said her son admired labyrinth's at other churches, and wanted to build one for his own church.
Nowoslawski and a team of five other scouts spent three days digging up the church yard for the 26 by 24 foot labyrinth in December.
Now the scout needs to raise $1,000 to buy the stone to build the walkway.
"As soon as we get donations and we get all the stone we can get it done in three days max," the scout said.
Nowoslawski held a clothing drive at Grace Episcopal Church this past Saturday and Sunday to help raise funds.
Although he has put in a lot of hard work, the scout said watching the project unfold has been worthwhile.
"I like how from the outside you put a lot of work into it and you see it kind of unfold in front of you," Nowoslawski said.
"It is admirable how you create this thing and how simple and elegant it looks."
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