Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts in projects at historic locales

       Separate projects by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts last weekend improved two historically known public places on the Westside.

Proud of their efforts after digging up an ancient tire during a workday in the Kathleen Marriage Garden May 6 are (from left) Anna Stellick, Emily Stellick and Mercadez Tinder of Girl Scout Troop 906.
Courtesy of Michelle Stellick

       One was at the city-owned Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, where Eagle Scout candidate Conner Sandoval of Troop 66 led a workday May 5 that replaced or repaired benches and picnic tables, installed three new signs and laid wood chips on trails to help identify them and deter mud.
       “He did a really good job,” said Ranch Manager Andy Morris. “He came to me with some ideas, and I had some ideas, and we worked out the project together.”
       The other project was at the Kathleen Marriage Garden near the Beidleman Center in Sondermann Park, where the Girl Scout Troop 906 Brownies (Bristol Elementary) and their families began establishing a “permaculture” area in the garden's upper northeast section May 6. “In honor of Girl Scouts 100th birthday, the Brownies voted to work on this service project and will also contribute a portion of their cookie sale earnings to provide trail signs within the park,” a Brownies write-up states.
       Impressed with the girls' efforts was Darlene Jensen, executive director of the Catamount Institute, an environmental nonprofit that leases the Beidleman Center from the city. “There was a buried tire up there and some wire and boards,” she said. “It's been decades since anybody worked in that area. They started the day with an empty dumpster and it was filled by the end of it.”
       The word “permaculture” is described by Wikipedia as a type of land use that's sensitive to the natural interaction of ecosystems.
       Michelle Stellick, co-leader of Troop 906, quoted Kaitlyn Blair, a second-year Brownie, as saying that she voted for the project “because we know the world needs more good environment and less bad environment.”
       The troop plans to return to the garden Monday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Boy Scouts supporting Conner Sandoval's Eagle Scout project are shown refurbishing picnic tables at Rock Ledge Ranch May 5.
Courtesy of Jesse Sandoval

       For the Rock Ledge project, Sandoval said he first met with Morris in January and finalized his plans with Eagle Coach/ Assistant Scoutmaster Frank Self.
       Sandoval received donations from businesses as well as the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association. “We have a great community, and I was glad to see that being part of the Boy Scouts is very welcomed and supported,” he said.
       Morris was especially pleased with the part of the project in which the Scouts installed a new, historically styled, 12-foot-long log bench that he had built to replace four smaller wood benches outside the ranch's Galloway Cabin. “It's always bothered me that they were made with treated lumber, which was not appropriate for the time period,” Morris said.
       The Rock Ledge workday brought out 24 volunteers, including Scouts and adults, Sandoval reported.

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