Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2013

Laurel Boy Scout puts in hard work on Eagle Scout project


LAUREL — The Lions Club Park at Laurel has a new face-lift thanks to the hard work and dedication of a Laurel Boy Scout.

Calvin Casey, a senior at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge High School, spear-headed the improvements made at the park in an effort to earn one of the highest ranks attainable in Boy Scouts — the Eagle Scout Award.

Picnic tables, grills and other playground equipment have been painted. Two new basketball hoops were put up.

“The poles at the park, which previously had basketball hoops bolted on them, had been cut off at the ground. School kids will be able to use the new basketball hoops,” Casey said. “The red and blue swing set was painted bright orange to match the other playground equipment.”

Repairs were made on the cement floor in one shelter house and on the cement located by the basketball hoops.

The wooden posts that surround the park were also painted.

Over 30 volunteers showed up at the Lions Club Park over Labor Day weekend to help Casey with the project.

Boy Scouts from Troop 208, Scout Leaders, Cub Scouts, parents, family members, friends, city employees, and other individuals accomplished a lot of work under the direction of Casey.

Casey’s sister, Julia, along with three of her college friends from Creighton University in Omaha, came to back to Laurel and rolled up their sleeves and worked.

Casey had put in numerous hours over the last several months in order to put plans in place for the project.

Casey attended Laurel City Council and school board meetings and asked for donations to help pay for the expenses. He sought the necessary approval from the city officials, ordered supplies and set up a work day for the project.

Casey also presented the necessary paperwork for the project to the Boy Scout Headquarters in order to receive approval for the project.

“I was in charge of all of the remodeling that was done at the park,” Casey said.

The Lion’s Club and the City of Laurel each donated $500 toward the project. Casey also met with Laurel-Concord School Board members concerning a donation to help pay for the two basketball hoops. The cost of each pole and hoop was estimated to be right at $1,900.

“The school board agreed to work with the city to help fund the basketball hoops,” Casey said.

An anonymous donation was also received for the project.

Casey will present the necessary paperwork describing the project and appear before the Boy Scout Board of Review in order to receive their approval for the coveted Eagle Scout Award.

In order to be a candidate for the Eagle Scout Award a scout has to have previously earned 21 merit badges.

Casey, who has been in Scouts since he was in the first grade, has earned 24 merit badges and met other requirements.

Casey will be helping out a friend and fellow Boy Scout from Troop 208 with his Eagle Scout project which will be completed in Hartington.

Calvin is the son of Jim and Dawn Casey.