For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been teaching boys of various ages valuable skills and life lessons, from tying knots to outdoor navigation, while cultivating lasting camaraderie amongst participants in the process.
The iconic Eagle Scout project serves as a distinguished capstone to demarcate completion of the program and help the local community. One high schooler in North Carolina recently chose to make a training station for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, according to an article last week from Spectrum News.
After a year and a half of planning and labor on the assignment, teenager David Vick helped unveil the facility alongside members of the police department. According to the report:
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has dedicated a new physical fitness training station, created by a local teenager for his Eagle Scout project, in honor of retired Sgt. Ray Williams, who spent 11 years training new CMPD officers.
The station was made my David Vick, 17, who is a junior at Ardrey Kell High School.
Vick started this journey in July of 2016 while he attended the CMPD Summer Explorer camp. He decided he wanted to build a fitness training station on the grounds, and started a GoFundMe to fund the project.
Vick has worked on the project since November 2017.
Thirty volunteers assisted Vick, who estimates more than 3,300 hours of volunteer time went into the project, which has been named The Sgt. Ray Williams Battleground.
Any and all genuine efforts to serve and improve a local community are encouraging, especially one that offer practical means of doing so. The proliferation of outdoor workout spaces, either public or private, is inspiring more individuals to maintain an active lifestyle as they seek to stay healthy and fit.
To see pictures of the station and read the entire writeup, click here.