|Scout continues tradition at Suever Park|
|Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:22 PM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DELPHOS — New walking trails are being constructed at Suever Park by Boy Scout A.J. Siefker, who has worked diligently over the past year to achieve Eagle Scout, the highest award in scouting.
To date, the capstone project has involved close to 130 hours of planning the design, sourcing equipment, calculating materials, managing schedules, laying out the plan and excavating the trail.
“We have spent 13-14 hours excavating the trail,” Siefker detailed. “We’re anticipating being done [Saturday].”
Siefker said the walking trail is 860 lineal feet long and six feet wide. The plan called for four truckloads of blended sand, which was donated by National Lime & Stone Co.
Siefker and his crew—Jim Harris, Tom Siefker, and Dave and Clark Etzler—were busy Saturday using a Bobcat to haul and place the sand on the trail. The crew then graded the 3-4-inches-deep sand close to level with the existing grade (soil). This stage of the project will take a day to complete.
“Most Eagle projects are over 100 hours,” Harris said. “It helps development of leadership skills.”
“The big thing you learn is project management,” Tom Siefker stated. “Getting approvals, sourcing materials and funds.”
The group expressed concerns they had after last summer’s storm felled two huge trees across the planned pathway. Removal of the trees was a huge obstacle.
“It was something we were not equipped to deal with,” Tom Siefker said. “The city came in over the winter and took care of it.”
Many businesses and individuals have been instrumental in the success of the project. Beining Contractors owner, Ron Beining, donated the time and equipment to deliver the sand and the Bobcat rental was donated by Delphos Rental Corporation.
“I want to thank the Scouts, leaders the city officials and everyone else who helped with the project,” A.J Siefker said earnestly. “Without them, it would not be possible.”
In the past, Eagle Scouts Mitchell and Matthew Antalis, who were Boy Scouts at the time, designed and installed projects for Suever Park to earn their distinguished rank.
Almost 60,000 young men received the Eagle Scout award in 2012. It is the highest number of Scouts to receive this prestigious award in 100 years. To date, more than 2 million Boy Scouts have earned the rank.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. There are a variety of options available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas; however, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks — Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.
For more information, visit scouting.org or nesa.org.
|Last Updated on Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:35 PM|