There is just something wonderful about sitting around a fire, enjoying time with friends and family, sharing stories, laughter, and, if you’re lucky, a delicious meal cooked over that fire.
It’s an experience many Scouts know well, and something they look forward to as part of the millions of collective nights Scouts camp each year. In fact, Scouts camped a total of 6.5 million nights in 2015, according to the data from the Boy Scouts of America Report to the Nation. And you can bet a fair number of those nights included time around a fire.
Scout Sam T. is one such Scout whose Scout unit spends several days and nights each year camping and enjoying Trap Pond State Park. Sam’s Scout unit uses the state park to work on merit badges and enjoy Scouting camaraderie while camping.
As part of his love for the state park and his desire to give back to the place that had helped Sam and his fellow Scouts make such great memories, he decided to complete his Eagle Scout project at the park.
One of the elements Sam wanted to focus on most closely was the construction of a new fire pit at the state park. He wanted something that would offer a great opportunity for visitors of the park to enjoy a good fire, but he also wanted to celebrate the Scouting program that had meant so much to him.
That’s when Sam came upon the idea of incorporating the Scout Law into the fire pit he constructed. Each of the points of the Scout Law are found etched in the bricks that line the outer edge of the fire pit. It offers a reminder of the value and positive impact of Scouting to all who will enjoy the spot for years to come.
To learn more about the ways Eagle Scouts can impact their communities, read the Baylor University study, “Eagle Scouts; Merit Beyond the Badge.”