Eagle project gives History Center unique benches

       An Eagle Scout project has given the Old Colorado City History Center added outside seating capabilities.

Eagle Scout candidate Sam Abell (standing) poses with fellow Scouts during the ceremony at which the benches/tables they're sitting on were presented to the Old Colorado City Historical Society.
Courtesy of David Swint

       The project was led by Sam Abell of Troop 66, a 15-year-old freshman at Air Academy High.
       The History Center, which is owned by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), received a total of three wood tables that can be converted into six benches holding up to 30 people.
       The tables were presented in a ceremony May 5 at the center, 1 S. 24th St.
       “It was a very generous gift to us,” said OCCHS President Sharon Swint. In the past, for events in the courtyard outside the center's east door, the society had to carry tables and chairs from inside. But the new benches/tables can remain outside.
       Usage examples are “ice cream socials and other outside events in good weather; musical or lecture presentations where the benches can be used and lunch space for any visitors,” Swint said. “Our crafters have also been offered the use of the picnic tables during Farmers Market time.”
       An Eagle Scout project needs to be beneficial to the community and approved by adult Scout leaders, and the candidate must take charge of getting it done.
       According to OCCHS Treasurer Susie Schorsch, who coordinated with Sam, “he wants to be an engineer so he drew up the designs for the tables himself.” With the help of 10 other scouts, he raised more than $700, and the construction took more than 120 hours.

Westside Pioneer/press release