Finding an old, unused telescope in his basement launched a love of space for Scout Colin B., and as that love for space grew, Colin knew he wanted to offer that same sense of fun and wonder to others in his community.
After joining and becoming more active in his community’s astronomical league, he began visiting the local observatory, located in a town park. The site is used by children and adults in the community who are interested in astronomy.
Colin, a young man who believes in the ideals he learned in Scouting as a member of the Boy Scouts of America Baltimore Area Council, felt that he could help to improve the area near the observatory to offer something extra to people in his town.
For his Eagle Scout project, he worked with the city parks department and the director of the astronomical league to design and install a space walk that provides an educational look at our solar system.
With a team of Scouts and helpers under his direction, Colin and others worked for more than 200 hours developing and installing the space walk.
The trail is .4 miles long and displays the distance between each of the planets of the solar system to scale. At each stop along the trail, visitors can read about planets and other key celestial objects located in our solar system. It offers education and a little perspiration for those who enjoy a side of exercise with their lessons on space.
To learn more about this unique Eagle Scout project, be sure to check out the full article in The Baltimore Sun.