Girl, Boy Scouts receive top honors for community projects


July 22, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ELLICOTT CITY and Elkridge Scouts continue to excel in their Gold Awards for Girl Scouts and Eagle Awards for Boy Scouts.

Let me share a few of their accomplishments with you.

Kerry Nudelman and Karen Phillips, both students at Howard High School and members of Girl Scout Troop 832, earned the Gold Award, Girl Scouting's highest award.

For her service project, Kerry developed a baby-sitting handbook for younger girls, which included songs, games, a reading list, crafts, recipes for cooking with children, creative ideas and resource information.

Karen created a sensory garden for the visually impaired on the handicapped trail at Ilchester Girl Scout Camp.

The garden consisted of 10 raised, wheelchair-accessible barrels, each containing plants that stimulate different senses.

Several Boy Scouts got Eagle Awards in the spring.

Bob Rosebrough, a member of Boy Scout Troop 601 and a student at Howard High School, organized the building and installation of squirrel nesting boxes at Piney Run Park in Carroll County.

John Barnes and Stan Ward are both members of Boy Scout Troop 75 and students at Howard High School.

John's service project was to develop and construct mechanical switches for Cedar Lane School to teach physically challenged children about the process of cause and effect, and to help them develop motor skills.

Stan organized Howard County Historical Society's map and survey collection. He identified the materials, then recorded them and put them in acid-free folders. Each map, drawing and blueprint was given an access number, and the information was entered in a computer database, making the collection accessible to researchers.

Frederick Tsai and Chuck Sehman, who just graduated from Centennial High School, are members of Boy Scout Troop 944.

Frederick conducted an Eagle Service Project to serve the community of Sandtown-Winchester in Baltimore.

With the help of Scout leader Shawn Lane, Larry Vinck of Steamfitters Union Training School Local 486 and numerous Scouts, Frederick planned and managed a project to build badly needed recreational basketball facilities for the community center.

Funding was provided by the Steamfitters, Boulevard Sales Corp. and parents of Troop 944.

Chuck led 24 Boy Scouts and Explorers in creating a pine buffer to protect the forest of Centennial Park.

The Scouts cleared unwanted brush and plants from the area that inhibited the growth of the white pines. He cleared an area of 2 or 3 acres along a service road.

Charles Harris, a member of Boy Scout Troop 944 who attends Mount Hebron High School, planned and made a concrete wheelchair ramp for Bethany United Methodist Church.

In addition, he installed a retaining wall next to the ramp and landscaped the surrounding area. His fund-raising drive raised more than half the money required to build the ramp.

Under Charles' supervision, volunteers excavated more than 1,620 cubic of hard dirt, stone and clay, providing 354 hours of physical labor as well as the 94 hours Charles spent designing and planning the project.

Who says there's nothing for teens to do in Howard County?

Camp Courageous

Pastor Bob Hunter and members of Harwood Park United Methodist Church will lead children to Camp Courageous, this summer's vacation Bible school.

Children age 3 through high school are welcome to attend.

Camp Courageous will take place from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Aug. 5-9 at the church at Highland and Euclid avenues in Elkridge.

For details or to register a child, call Louise Keller at 796-5697 or the church at 796-5565.

Park in process

On a sticky afternoon last week, I explored David Force Park, an Ellicott City park that is "in process."

As I walked down the trail into the valley, the air became still and cool. Birds sang from tall trees.

Sponsored by a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant of $11,000, the park is tucked into the Turf Valley Overlook development in Ellicott City. Entrances are planned from Bethany Lane and Turf Valley Drive.

The land for the park was acquired in the early 1970s, with the aim of creating a large lake and tennis courts.

It didn't work out, and the 300-acre site has never officially opened as a park.

"We don't have the resources to do what we'd like to do," says Mark Raab of the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Nevertheless, it's a lovely place to take a secluded hike.

Wear your mud shoes, because with all the rain we've had this year, the ground is wet in places.

And the park has received TLC from hundreds of county residents interested in its development.

For example, Eagle Scout Christopher La Forge built bird boxes for the park and members of the Howard County Bird Club maintain a bird census; Eagle Scouts Dan Yorkston, Brian George, Bryce Armstrong and Ryan Armstrong all did projects related to trail construction.

Eagle Scout Brent Gauthier planted a garden, which is a short walk from the park's entrance.

The greatest number of people dealt with reforestation.

They include Eagle Scout Jeffrey Row, members of St. John's Roman Catholic Church, the Sierra Club, Winstar Group and the youth group of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Girl Scout Troop 174 planted a beautiful butterfly garden, which was aflutter when I visited.

Stevens Forest Elementary School students, especially Sara Berlin, Cathy James and Emily Altschulter, planned the Stream Buffer Planting.

To visit David Force Park, turn onto Pebble Beach Drive off U.S. 40, at Route 144.

Follow Pebble Beach Drive for nearly two miles, until you come to a fence and the path is on the right.

Book collection

Mount de Sales Academy is collecting used books for its fifth used book sale in the fall.

Donations of used books, audio and videotapes and sheet music may be left in the school lobby weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Sept. 20.

For more information, call the school office at 744-8498.

Pub Date: 7/22/96

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