Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Eagle Scout Steps It Up for Bayley
The following is an account of Andrew Geraghty’s Eagle Scout project at Bayley. He is a junior at St. Xavier and a member of Troop 614 at St. Antoninus Church. Not only did he help beautify the lake and make it accessible to our residents, he also led the 4th of July parade and met many of the residents who benefit from his Eagle Scout project. Andrew is an example of his generation’s commitment to serve other and his hard work for our Bayley community is greatly appreciated!
Kathy Baker Marketing Director
I went to Bayley in June for the first time, not sure of what to expect. I met with Dean Snyder, the Outreach Supervisor, to discuss some upcoming project ideas. He is an Eagle Scout, so that connection really bonded us as I worked on the project. He recommended to me that I could possibly make a path behind the Independent Living neighborhood. This path would help the Bayley residents walk down the steep yet grassy hill to the pond, where they could relax under the shade of the tree. Dean said that sometimes the residents take their grandchildren down to the pond to be with them and feed the ducks that live there. As the meeting was coming to an end, I soon realized that this project would help benefit Bayley as a whole, and agreed to do my project there.
Once the project was started, I had a lot of things to do. I met with my Troop Leaders and got it approved, and set up the date for July 21st. I had to buy the stones as well as plot the path. The stones were flat and 16 " by 16 ", so the stepping would be easier for the residents. Meanwhile, I went to the annual 4th of July Parade around Harvey Circle at Bayley, and led the parade with the Troop 614 flag, along with other residents. The stones were dropped off on the 19th. Before the day of the project, I went with my cousin, Jack Ellert, to help set up the stones so that they would be in the proper position for the 21st.
On the 21st, 25 volunteers, which were scouts, non-scouts, and parents, helped out on the project. We took stepping stones and dug out a square for each stone, and, using paver, placed 50 or so stones from the walkway to the pond. It was sweltering 92 degrees, so water was plentiful at the site. Overall, the grunt work took about 3 hours.
I met with Dean to view the project a few days later, and it looked great. I am so glad I completed my project at Bayley, and I am honored to have worked with the compassionate people there.
Yours In Scouting,
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