Eagle scout benches

Published 12:04 am Sunday, November 25, 2007

Another in a series of Eagle Scout projects is nearing completion.

The most recent project aims to make burning calories at the Carriere Walking Trail just a bit easier.

In the project Troop 5 Boy Scout Drew Sagona and his fellow scouts installed some wooden benches along the walking trail to give those talking walks at the trail for exercise a place to rest or change their shoes.

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Sagona and his fellow scout’s preparation work began early in the week so they could begin install the benches on Friday. The project, which is the brain child of Sagona’s father, entails installing eight of the wooden benches along the walking trail.

When all the benches are installed, then Sagona and his team plan to put stepping stones at the foot of each bench. Those stepping stones will help people who would use the benches to change into their running or walking shoes keep their feet and socks clean.

As a finishing touch, the troop will place decals that will include the Boy Scouts, Phillips Building Supply and the Picayune Rotary Club logos on each bench.

Sagona’s time in Boy Scouts has taught him about life and leadership. An Eagle Scout project is intended to put all the lessons learned in Boy Scouts to use, especially leadership. Through various activities, such as participation in American Indian Affairs, he also learned such things as the Powwow Dance and the Fancy Dance.

After he finishes his home schooling, Sagona, who is currently a Sophomore, plans to head off to college before joining the Air Force to become a fighter pilot.

Supplies to install the benches, and the benches themselves, were donated by Philips Building Supply and the Picayune Rotary Club. Picayune’s Rotary Club donated $350 to purchase the benches while Phillips Building Supply donated the concrete to secure the benches in the ground.