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Cornerstone Outdoor Classroom is Buzzing with Activity

The following story may seem familiar to you as it was just last September when we highlighted senior Caleb Pilgrim and his ambitious idea for his Eagle Scout project.  

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest attainable in American Boy Scouting, candidates must check off a lot of boxes. Scouts have to earn at least 21 merit badges, serve actively in the troop in different areas of responsibility, pass a board of review, and demonstrate leadership by successfully completing a service project to benefit the community. In addition, all of this, except passing the board of review, must be done before the Scout's 18th birthday.

Pilgrim took on the massive undertaking to complete an outdoor classroom that future Cornerstone students would be able to enjoy. Caleb successfully earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2019. 

The completed garden classroom, adjacent to the greenhouse, boasts a place for teachers to provide an interesting outdoor learning environment and consequently increase the overall use of the garden area. The outdoor classroom includes six benches that can accommodate 18 students and a podium from which teachers can instruct. 

Cornerstone teachers thoroughly enjoy utilizing the outdoor classroom space as often as possible. It’s a place where the students are able to watch and learn more about God’s marvelous works. And sometimes a change in scenery is just what our students need. 


We recently had a chance to catch up with Caleb Pilgrim to find out what life has been like since his graduation in 2019. 

“Since graduation, I have started classes at Kennesaw State University, and things have been going well so far. I look forward to when I can actually get to attend in-person classes and interact with my professors and classmates more intimately,” said Pilgrim. 

“I've been getting to enjoy how well prepared for college I was by Cornerstone's great staff and teachers.”

“I always feel a bit of nostalgia and think of good memories when I pull into the school parking lot to drop my younger brother, Jacob, off. I am so happy with how the outdoor classroom turned out and I love that students will be able to enjoy it for years to come.”