Benjamin Sleeper of Troop 101, Marshfield was one of five Boy Scouts honored at the public reception “Trail Blazing Scouts Lead the Way” on Friday, September 8th at the Marshfield Town Hall. Ben, as part of his Eagle Scout project, designed and built a kiosk that will house the new South River Launch sign created by Lori Wolfe, NSRWA Director of Marketing and Communications. The project was a group effort with Bill Grafton, Town of Marshfield Conservation Administrator, Greg Guimond, Marshfield Town Planner and Samantha Woods, NSRWA Executive Director. All of the parties involved brought their unique talents to the table to produce a sign that will be helpful to area residents for years to come. The sign shows where to park as well as where the boat launches are on the South River. It also contains valuable information about the tides, the South River Greenway, natural resources, and a brief history of the river. In addition to building the kiosk, Ben and some of his fellow scouts also cleared the overgrown trail down to the launch. With the help of his friends, they put in 180 hours of work on the project.
Also honored at the celebration were:
- Michael Maglio, Troop 101 in Marshfield – Marshfield High School Outdoor Cross Country Track maintenance, restoration and beautification
- Andrew Pozerski, Troop 101 in Marshfield – Martinson Elementary outdoor classroom and interpretative center
- Tyler MacLeisch, Troop 38 in Hanover – Comprehensive trail maintenance, kiosk construction, trail signage, you are here signage and boundary markers enhancing conservation property nestled along the North River. He made improvements to the Norris Trail by removing five truckloads of trash and color-coding the walking trail markers.
- Brian Lannon, Troop 7 in Scituate – Introduction of a geocache discovery network covering 5+ properties and a dozen new geocache locations with more in the works. He placed his geocache boxes all over various trails in Marshfield as a means of getting people to further explore the terrain… this is not even an Eagle Scout project yet for this 13-year old Scout.
Thank you to the town of Marshfield and the Boy Scouts for helping to improve our green spaces on the South Shore!