Metaphorical bridge-building can be a big part of Scouting, but so can actual bridge-building.
For Scout John O. of the Boy Scouts of America Patriots’ Path Council, his Eagle Scout project was going to be an opportunity to really push himself to accomplish something he knew would make an impact.
John started Scouting as a Tiger Cub Scout, and he’d worked his way through Scouting, building a love for the outdoors as he went. In his own community, he had access to some key natural areas that offer some amazing hiking and mountainbiking to local residents.
Two of these areas bordered each other, but they were split by a creek, making access between the wildlife and wilderness areas difficult. The solution: build a bridge between the two to cross the creek.
Of course, Scouts are always ready for a challenge, and John saw the bridge-building opportunity as a chance to do something big. So instead of building one bridge for his Eagle Scout project, he built two.
His ambitious project was no easy feat. In fact, it required complex planning, design, engineering, construction and installation. It took more than a year for John and his team of volunteers to complete the entire project, but the hard work was well worth it.
“This young man has completed a remarkable project that required extensive planning, design and hard work, and one that is now benefitting many people who access the county’s great open spaces,’’ said local official Kathy DeFillippo. “We thank him for his efforts on behalf of all county residents, and wish him well on his future endeavors. He, obviously, is a future leader of our county, state and nation.’’
To learn more about John’s impressive bridge-building project, be sure to read the full article on TAPintoMorristown.