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Boy Scout plans dugouts for Antrim Township park

September 11, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors traded up from benches to dugouts at the township's park when it voted Tuesday night to approve and help fund a local Eagle Scout project.

Ryan Carty, 16, of Boy Scout Troop 99 in Greencastle, approached the board to seek permission to build two dugouts at a ball field in Antrim Township Community Park.

To reach the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout with the Boy Scouts of America needs to conceptualize, lead and complete a community service project.

From pouring footers to working with a licensed contract to build the 16-foot-by-4-foot concrete structures, Ryan said it will take him at least a year to complete his project.

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Supervisor Fred Young III said in his experience with Scouts, few projects have been as detailed as Ryan's project.

"This is a very involved Eagle Scout project," Young said. "This is a major undertaking."

Ryan assured the supervisors he had plenty of help lined up between his fellow Scouts, his church and professional builders.

Because the project is so involved, Ryan estimated it will cost $3,438.

An Eagle Scout must raise funds or solicit in-kind donations toward his project, Ryan said.

Ryan asked the supervisors to take $2,000 allocated for benches at the ball fields and put that money toward his project.

If Ryan completes his project, the township would need to purchase two less benches, Young said.

"This gets ahead of what we wanted to do," he said. "We would do benches. This is better."

The board gave Ryan unanimous support and authorized township staff to reallocate $2,000 from the park to Ryan's project.

Grateful for the donation and support, Ryan said he hopes to begin constructing footers this fall. The project should be completed in 2010, but Ryan said he has left plenty of time, just in case.

"I just turned 16, so I have two years to complete this," he said.

Young said Peter Oppliger, the student representative to the board, also will begin his Eagle Scout project this fall.

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