Kids getting help from the Child Advocacy Center in Aiken will now have a new rock garden to greet them as they come in, thanks to a local teen and his Boy Scout troop.

For his final Eagle Scout project, Trey Sievers chose to create a rock garden for the CAC to display rocks painted by the troop and others in the community. 

Susan Meehan, executive director of CAC, said during Aiken's Makin, they had a booth where children could paint rocks, and since then they've been lined up outside of the Center. 

When Sievers was searching around for a project to do, he asked the Center if they needed anything done.

"They said they could use a rock garden, becasue they have all these rocks and no where to put them, because the pine straw covers them," he said.

"So I offered to do a rock garden for them," he said. He has been planning the garden for a couple of months.

On Saturday, Sievers built the garden, removing the original landscaping and adding new rocks to mix in with the painted ones. 

Many of his fellow scouts came to help Seivers with the project, helping to dig up the original landscaping and arrange the new garden. Some spent time inside, painting some fresh rocks to go in the garden. 

The rock garden is by the front door, and Meehan said it will be a welcoming surprise for anyone walking in.

"I love the fact that it's being created by people around Aiken," she said, "and so to me, it just shows that people care."

The Scouts have committed to maintaining the garden, its landscaping and the rocks there, Meehan said, calling the project a good connection with another organization. 

"So when the kids come in, it's been created by kids - and some adults who are creative - in Aiken, and so it's a way for the community to show that they care about the kids who are coming into our center," she said. 

Sievers said he has been a scout since elementary school, starting with the Cub Scouts. He said it was a fun extra way to make friends and learn things.

For the final Eagle Scout project, Sievers said you have to show you have leadership, "that you can lead your troop with you as a team to build something."

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter who joined the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star in June 2017. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.