scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Eagle projects that are just custodial service
Dalton, Lloyd P. (Lloyd.Dalton@UNISYS.COM
Mon May 08 2000 - 09:06:04 CDT
Rik makes a true point that few Eagle projects are immediately
visible after years have passed. But many of them are, and I'd like to give
a brief example. In the summer of 1997, our 1-year-old young troop went on
a canoe trip down the St. Croix River, along the border of Minnesota and
Wisconsin. We traveled 72 miles over the course of a week.
It rained for about half the trip. On the second-to-last day,
several of the scouts were feeling cold, damp and miserable. Most of us
were really looking forward to being home again. After a while, the rain
began to fall again so we headed for shore. We were lucky to be near a
landing. At the landing we found some picnic tables and a large information
board with a good-sized roof. All 12 of us huddled under the roof and ate
fruit bars while we waited for the rain to slacken. While waiting, the
scouts read the maps and papers on the board. One scout noticed a small
plaque on the side of the board. The plaque identified the information
stand as an Eagle project from several years before.
It was quite a cooincidence for that Eagle project to be located in
the single spot on that 72-mile stretch of river and forest where we landed
during the rain. Whoever built it did a really good job. Although it may
never attract a lot of admiration, it earned our gratitude.
SM, Troop 28
St. Cloud, MN