Boy Scouts Troup 267 steps in the right direction with community building project at River View Park
October 3, 2008
Boy Scout Troop 267 built a set of steps at the River View Sports Park. The stairs connect the parking lot with the elevated shaded area overlooking the playing fields and are a trailhead for the future. Now safe and stable access is available from the parking lot. People who would otherwise be challenged by the steep slope may now conveniently get up to the trail. Without these steps the new trail access would erode the hillside. Because the park gets very heavy usage on soccer and football days, people often park on the road and wend their way down the slope. The new steps already make life easier for some park users.The hard work for this community project was done by 12 scouts, with the help of assistant scoutmasters and additional adults. Life Scout Timothy Minnis planned, developed and led construction, with the approval of Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park Districts Park Superintendent, John Shaffer. Minnis used this project as criteria to help attain the rank of Eagle Scout. The Eagle project is one of the last requirements for a scout on the trail to Eagle. It is the final service component that demonstrates an earnest effort to develop leadership skills and serves to cement the Boy Scouts of America (B.S.A.) core objectives of strengthening character, personal fitness and good citizenship. All scouts must contribute to service projects to advance in rank.While the manpower was provided by the scouts of Troop 267, materials, supplies, tools and equipment were provided by the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Parks District, Heavy Equip, Sierra Mountain Pipe and Supply and parents of many scouts.In light of the eaier access, Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District plans to add picnic tables in the shaded area. It will be a great place for overheated fans to escape the sun and still watch their favorite teams compete.Anyone interested in B.S.A. Troop 267 should contact Scoutmaster Rob Cofer at 582-1529 or visit http://www.truckee-scouting.org.
Scout participants: Cooper Hitchcock, Quad Andrews, Matt Hagan, Stevan Diaz, Travis Ferre, Emmet Foster, Stein Retzlaff, Brian Goga, Michael Reynaud, Ikaika Cofer, J.B. Glendinning, and Stephen ZissimosAssistant Scoutmaster Participants: Kit Ferre, Eric Maass, and Glen ClementAdditional adult participants: Carol Hagen, Anthony Zissimos, Myndi and Gustavo Diaz, John Foster, John Andrews, and John and Miriam Minnis.Additional requirements for Eagle after attaining the rank of Life Scout include demonstrating that a candidate lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life, providing at least five recommendations from those who know him including his parents, religious, educational, and employer references, being active in his troop holding a position of responsibility, earning 21 merit badges, taking part in a scoutmaster conference to discuss his achievements and goals, and successfully completing an Eagle Scout board of review.