An Eagle Scout & His Troop Make Lasting Impressions at Climbers Run
Brandon Prouse and Troop 393 thrive on action. Camping, hiking, and cooking s’mores over the fire; experiencing nature at Climbers Run Preserve is a recipe for fun and everyone knows it!
Not only do these scouts know how to play, they know how to work and care about conservation. Since 2015, Troop 393’s commitment to volunteering at Climbers Run has been unwavering regardless of the size of the task.
This commitment led sixteen-year-old, Brandon Prouse of Willow Street’s Troop 393, to seek out an Eagle Scout Project to benefit Climbers Run. A cabin, damaged by a fallen tree was stripped down to just a platform used for singing and dancing by the Mix at Arbor Place and other summer camp kids. This story became the inspiration for building a stage. What a cool way for members of our community to showcase their musical and artistic talents!
With his Dad and his fellow scouts behind him, Brandon grew his team to include Doug Martin, of Highmark Construction, Cornerstone Design Architects for architectural plans and Greenebaum Structures for engineering services. In September 2016, the planning and the gathering of materials concluded and Prouse with 20+ volunteers took shifts starting construction on the stage. With smiles on their faces, Phase I of the project was successfully completed!
“I learned that there is a lot behind the scenes that most people don’t see or realize…If you’re a Boy Scout, work for your Eagle (Project) and achieve it; it’s a lot of work but it is definitely worth it!” said Prouse about his experience.
In November, Brandon and his dad joined Conservancy staff to meet with GR Mitchell to acquire materials for Phase II scheduled to begin in spring 2017. Stay tuned for Phase II of the stage project to begin thanks to generous funding received in honor of Henry Huffnagle, a dedicated Board member, whose commitment to the Conservancy will be remembered by us all.
Director of Education, Lydia Martin
Lancaster County Conservancy