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Eagle’s Skateboard Event Sparks City Evaluation for a New Park

Scout Daniel M. with local supporters at "Get Out, Get Up and Ride" event. (Photo Credit: Valley Breeze/ Charles Lawrence)
Scout Daniel M. with local supporters at “Get Out, Get Up and Ride” event. (Photo Credit: Valley Breeze/ Charles Lawrence)

How do you get people from around the community to crowd to a school parking lot in scorching July temperatures? Leave it to a Scout to plan an event so awesome, people enthusiastically gathered outdoors in the heat of the summer.

This is exactly what Daniel M. of the of the Narragansett Council accomplished when he combined his passion for skateboarding with his appreciation for the great outdoors to create his Eagle project.

This Scout decided to plan a service project to show youth the benefits of active fun and have a blast doing it! He orchestrated an event encouraging active lifestyles in the form of a one-day skate park.

Planning the details of this fun-filled afternoon was no small task. Daniel coordinated with local business owners to donate the material needed for constructing the park. The project took almost two full days to complete. Not to mention, ramps and bars had to be built under hot conditions!

Local youth enjoy the "Get Out, Get Up and Ride" event. (Photo Credit: Valley Breeze/ Charles Lawrence)
Local youth enjoy the “Get Out, Get Up and Ride” event. (Photo Credit: Valley Breeze/ Charles Lawrence)

On the day of Daniel’s “Get Out, Get Up and Ride” event, locals flocked to a middle school parking lot for an afternoon to remember.  The occasion promised outdoor thrills and adventure and boy, did this Scout deliver.

The park was equipped with about 12 full structures, and Daniel even provided a DJ. The stage was set for an awesome day of extreme sporting.

After completing his project, this Scout-turned-event coordinator reached Scouting’s highest rank at his recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony. But the rank isn’t the only honor to come from the skating event.

Daniel’s project may have even sparked a new public project. In November, the Woonsocket mayor, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced that the city will begin researching plans for a permanent community skate park.

Serving as the catalyst for a major city project is an epic way for a Scout to help his community, but Daniel isn’t stopping there. According to the Woonsocket Patch, Daniel will serve on the committee assembled to review details for building the park.

What began as a one-day event, grew into a potentially huge benefit for his community. This Eagle knows how to shake up a service project and encourage outdoor adventures!

Make sure to check out the stories by the Woonsocket Patch and the Valley Breeze to learn more about how Daniel took his Eagle project to the next level.

 

 

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Rochelle

Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.