ON MY HONOR — The Eagle Scouts from Troop 643, their family, friends, troop leaders and fellow Scouts heard from Rep. Chris Collins (right) during their court of honor on Jan. 4. Photo submitted by Kate Moody.
SPRINGVILLE — On Jan. 4, Chris Broomfield, Justin Broomfield, Steve Krezmien and Tyler Moody received the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor ceremony conducted by Troop 643 at Springville’s First United Methodist Church. Their families, friends and troop leaders attended and Congressman Chris Collins gave the keynote address.
Collins, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a young man, presented each Scout with a certificate, patch and challenge coin. He commended them for their commitment and encouraged them to continue setting an example, in the community.
Eagle is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program, and fewer than five percent of Boy Scouts nationwide achieve it. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating leadership skills by organizing, directing and completing a community service project.
Chris Broomfield extended a public walking trail along Spring Creek, behind the Springville Youth Inc. pool and playground. Where there had previously been a weeded and littered slope, his crew cleared a path, graded a wide trail, laid gravel and dug a drainage ditch. They also lined the trail with trees and removed several loads of debris and garbage from along the creek shore.
Justin Broomfield designed and installed a circular raised garden for the flag pole in Shuttleworth Park in Springville. The addition includes a tiered stone wall for seating, several kinds of flowering plants and decorative stone. The American Legion commended his project as adding to the downtown beautification plans and making the village a “walkable” community.
Steve Krezmien led a crew to the St. Aloysius Regional School’s playground, where poor drainage had made it unsuitable for use, much of the school year. With the help of K&D Development, Steve and his team repaired an existing drain, then dug an additional drainage ditch and laid new tile. In addition, he made several aesthetic changes, including placing rock along the playground fence to stop rain erosion and laying rubber mulch under playground equipment.
Tyler Moody’s project took place at Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, repairing and repainting the courtyard garden. He and his crew painted fencing, replaced rotted wood on flower boxes and purchased new shade umbrellas, for the outdoor tables. He also planted a colorful butterfly garden, complete with a water feature, to create a relaxing and peaceful retreat for residents and their families.
Eagle Scout projects are organized by the Scout, including fundraising, planning and design, obtaining approvals and soliciting donations for materials, as well as delegating tasks for their project’s completion.