Arboretum benefits from Boy Scout’s Eagle project

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Maui News November 23, 2014

 

boyscout14Teddy Wilson of Boy Scout Troop 100 in Kula recently completed his Eagle project at the D.T. Fleming Arboretum at Pu’u Mahoe to earn the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor – the Eagle Scout Award.

An Eagle Scout Award requires Scouts to organize, coordinate and direct a community service project demonstrating commitment, skill and leadership.

Wilson coordinated a volunteer weekend and overnight camping Nov. 8 and 9 with Scouts from Troop 100 to accomplish his Eagle project. Wilson is a sophomore at Seabury Hall.

Teddy Wilson directs wheelbarrow deliveries of materials to complete improvements to D.T. Fleming Arboretum trails and visitor access. Pictured are Aiden Brent (from left), Ayvin Vargas, Shion Ward, Mackenzie Wilson and Wilson.

Wilson, the son of Mike Wilson and Kelly Bass, planned, organized and directed the upgrade of 125 feet of trail in the Fleming Arboretum for erosion control and safe access. Project supplies were funded by Atherton Family Foundation and the Maui County Office of Economic Opportunity.

Ulupalakua Ranch donated 160 feet of pipe used to retain eucalyptus posts supplied by South Pacific Lumber of Ulupalakua. Serpico’s Pizzeria of Pukalani donated pizzas for the Scouts’ Saturday dinner around the campfire. Ethan Romanchak of Native Nursery was Wilson’s Eagle Scout mentor in overseeing the project.

“My Boy Scout troop has camped at the arboretum twice, and we have done two conservation projects as a unit,” said Wilson. “It was so much fun to help out the arboretum, while enjoying the camping experience. I want to give back to the arboretum. They are truly worthy of an Eagle Project.”

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