Clarendon Hills teen helps environment with Eagle Scout project

Chuck Fieldman
cfieldman@pioneerlocal.com | @chuckwriting
March 31 9:56 p.m.
Flying like an eagle Name: Alex Sivak Hobbies: playing baseball Favorite subject in school: math Favorite food: lobster Favorite beverage: water Favorite TV show: “Family Guy” Favorite style of music: country Would most like to see: the Cubs win the World Series

One of Alex Sivak’s biggest loves, baseball, had to ride the bench when it came time for the 17-year-old Clarendon Hills resident to select an Eagle Scout project.

Q. Do you just like to watch baseball, or do you also play?

A. I’m a big Cubs fan, but I play, too. I’m a catcher at Benet Academy, and I started playing in Clarendon Hills when I was a kid.

Q. Did you try to find a way to incorporate baseball into your Eagle Scout project?

A. Yes. Last summer, I was originally going to give back to the Clarendon Hills baseball field. I thought about doing something to put lights or a dugout in there, but I got tied up with everything going on with high school.

Q. What did you decide to do for your Eagle Scout project, and how did you get the idea for it?

A. This past summer, I saw some information about the Clarendon Hills CO2 Footprint Project, and that intrigued me. I thought it was a great idea, so I contacted the group that’s doing it and went to a meeting in November.

Q. What is the Footprint Project, and why did you want to be a part of it?

A. It’s all about raising awareness for helping the environment with water conservation and by reducing our carbon footprint. I decided to get involved with this because it’s so important, and it’s something that can leave an impact on the community. Reading about the group’s aim really inspired me because we really can make the community a better place. There’s a big effort to get people in the community to buy and use rain barrels. I went back to Notre Dame (School) and talked about the project, and we’re also going to the other schools in Clarendon Hills to let them know about it and get more people involved.

Q. The Eagle Scout project is the end of line for you as a Boy Scout. When and why did you first join?

A. I joined Cub Scouts when I was in first grade. A lot of kids in my class agreed to get involved in some extracurricular activities, and they had the meetings at Notre Dame, where I went to school.

Q. Did most of your friends stick with scouting as you did?

A. A lot of other guys drifted away as we got older. I stuck with it because I really enjoyed it and never would have done the activities we did on my own. We did all kinds of interesting things, like camping in a cave and glass blowing.

Q. Has being a Boy Scout been much different than your experiences as a Cub Scout?

A. I made that transition around seventh grade from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, and I really got into it even more because I was able to attain leadership responsibilities as a Boy Scout.

Q. When did you decide you wanted to pursue an Eagle Scout designation?

A. It probably was during my last year in Cub Scouts. I had my mind set on pursuing it. I think it’s a testament to how big a part of my life scouting has been.

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