Andrew Hoadley, 14, attaches the rope around the Lone Wolf Tree so that sight impaired visitors can feel how big it while walking the Tupelo Trail at the South Shore Natural Science Center. The Wolf tree was the only one in the middle of a pasture and dates back to over 150 years so it grew substantially over that time. [Courtesy photo)
With the help of the SSNSC and the Talking Information Center, Hoadley developed the Tupelo Trail for Blind Hikers. The trail features series of posts that detail the natural surroundings for those with and without visual impairments by including both written and braille texts for hikers.
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Ryan Conforti, 18, stands in front of the boat rack he built for the Cohasset Maritime Institute as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
[Wicked Local Staff Photo/ Robin Chan]
Ryan Conforti built a boat rack to benefit of the Cohasset Maritime Institute and the Center for Student Coastal Research. The structure, made of pressure-treated lumber, can hold up to eight boats and can accommodate several kinds of boats such as kayaks, canoes, single rowing boats, and double rowing boats.
Conforti said he and his designated Eagle Advisor, Phil Lehr, remained in constant contact for weeks on end as the two attempted to complete the project before Conforti departed for college on Aug. 18. With the help of Lehr and some of his brother’s friends, Conforti completed the project on Aug. 13, with just days to spare.
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The Council is running Merit Badge University again in March, 2018. MBU is held on the mornings of the first, second and fourth Saturdays in the month. Scouts sign up for three merit badges, which meet for one hour on each of the three days. MBU is an excellent opportunity to earn merit badges, especially some of the Eagle-required badges that are not available at camp and only irregularly available within the Troop.
ADULTS – in order to participate in MBU, each Troop is required to provide volunteers. We need to provide one merit badge instructor for every five participating scouts and one general volunteer (think hallway monitor) for every ten. If 30 scouts attend (which is generally about the number) we need six instructors plus three others. We also need the driving capacity of that number of volunteers.
Please let me know if you are available and interested in being and instructor or monitor. If you do not know what you would like to teach, we can provide you with some options.
ALSO – when the sign-ups are announced, we need an adult to help coordinate that process (collecting forms, signing up on line etc.) Margie Hillman will help you with questions, but this is too much to manage along with the project that is Troop advancement generally.
SCOUTS – watch your email for merit badge signup opportunities. The Troop will provide you with recommendations about what badges to take. We generally recommend that no scout take more than two Eagle required badges (always take one for fun) and that new scouts take fewer than that. There are plenty of options, and we will circulate the list when it becomes available.
Please respond with your questions, but even more so with your willingness to volunteer.