“The kids really step up to beautify and help the community,” said Chris Webb, Blanding City Manager. The projects help in a wide variety of areas, helping to spruce up the area during times of budget limitations.
The year 2010 was no different, as 31 Boy Scouts completed an Eagle Service project and earned the Eagle Scout award.
On February 24, the young men were honored at the annual award banquet to thank adult scout leaders.
These scouts proved they could go the distance by finishing large-scale service projects that benefit the local area.
Each project generally requires more than 100 hours of service and includes the efforts of a dozen or more people. As a result, the 31 Eagle Scout projects in 2010 represent several thousand hours of work.
Eagle Scouts from the Monticello area include Josh Anderson, Dallin Anderson, Jordan Butler, Spencer Frost, Everett Hatch, Rylon Jenson, David Boyle, Rylan Goodwine and Kyle Musselman.
Eagle Scouts from the Blanding area include Michael Blake, Kayleb Carr, Chase Chamberlain, Chase Richmond, Dylan Richmond, Taj Eldredge, Jace Holliday, Taylor Francom, Thomas Hawkins, Andrew Redd, Austin Seiter, Cooper Sharpe, Jeffrey Walker, Brittain Bowring, Daylen Holt, Hans Hurst, Steven A. Jones, Joshua Meyer, Tyler Nielson, Jonathan Pugh, Colby Redd and Michael Winder.
The projects help a wide variety of area organizations, such as the San Juan School District. Eagle projects that benefitted the schools include refurbished bleachers and a curb at the San Juan High football field, newly organized records at Monticello Elementary, buckle-up signs at the schools.
Projects at the Blue Mountain Guest Ranch include a new fire-line, concrete benches, three new flag poles, fixed-up picnic tables, and a new campsite shade roof.
The impact of several Eagle projects is felt far from home, as scouts collected items for an orphanage in Afghanistan, gathered baby quilts for the Red Cross and made quilts for an orphanage in China.
Local projects for the disadvantaged include collecting 1,600 pairs of shoes for those in need, and assembling and distributing 50 bicycles for area children.
Projects at recreation facilities include new fences to protect ball fields in Monticello and Eastland, newly cleared trees at the millsite property, concrete walls around tree grow boxes at the baseball parks in Blanding, a new watering system at the San Juan County fairgrounds, and refurbished park benches and trail at Loyds Lake.
The maintenance shed was painted at the Monticello Cemetery, scouts created collapsible stairs for the rehab center and others completed beautification work at the Four Corners Care Center.
There are now new flagpoles in front of public buildings, seating terraces for summer plays, a book that details the history of local service workers, and a GPS trail from Bluff to the start of the Hole-in-the-Rock trail.