Family carves its own tradition
As 14-year-old Adam Matzinger tightens the last of the bolts on his Eagle Scout Project, he’s doing more than just advancing in the ranks of the scout world – he’s carrying on a family tradition.
For his Eagle Scout rank, Adam built a picnic table from raw lumber and donated the finished project Thursday to the U.S. Forest Service for public use.
Two years ago, his older brother, Dan, built a table at Sawmill Pond for his Eagle Scout Project. And their younger brother, Alex, said he would like to build a table for his Eagle Project two years from now.
“It’s just a good idea,” Adam said. “It’s something that people can use.”
Scouts can choose any type of project that will benefit the public. Once the project is selected, the scout organizes the details and supervises the other scouts in the troop in carrying out the project.
“The Eagle Project is designed to showcase the scout’s ability to be a leader,” said Scout Master Marshall Matzinger, the boys’ father.
In the past, some scouts have executed cleanup projects at vacant lots and donated time to restoration projects at the Vikingsholm estate at the foot of Emerald Bay.
Dan, 17, said he selected the picnic table project two years ago when he saw a need for it.
“We would drive by Sawmill Pond and see a bunch of people crammed on two picnic benches trying to eat their lunch, so I thought it would be good to give them some more space,” he said. “And it’s nice to see people using it when I drive by there.”
Adam said he liked the looks of Dan’s project so he thought he would give it a whirl.
He used his expertise to guide the scouts of Troop 594 through the process of building the table. And with skill saw, hand saws, rasps and chisels in hand, the boys had the table ready for use at Baldwin Beach after just a few hours of work.
“It was pretty hard,” said Adam. “On some of the parts, we didn’t figure in the bolts and it was hard to line up the holes.”
Glistening under the coat of freshly applied stain, the table did what it was supposed to do – gave the boys a sense of accomplishment. And, provide some entertainment.
“The best part is using the ratchet on the bolts,” said 12-year-old Alex, who is just two years from being an Eagle Scout. “I think it would be fun to build a table for my Eagle Project.”
And the tradition continues.
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