Two local Boy Scouts have made improvements on the Spring Lake Park High School campus in order to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout Award, which is the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve before he turns 18 years old.
Spring Lake Park resident Kyle Polta of Troop 498, which meets at Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine, worked with 15 to 20 people to make 18 small benches that tennis players can sit on between matches on the high school’s tennis courts.
“I was looking for an Eagle Scout project and I play tennis so this seemed natural,” said Polta, who has been in the Scouting program for eight years.
The Spring Lake Park Lions Club, Spring Lake Park Lumber Company and ACE Hardware in Coon Rapids donated the supplies to make this project possible, Polta said.
After receiving his diploma from Spring Lake Park High School next spring, Polta plans to attend the University of Minnesota and major in mechanical engineering and entrepreneurial management.
Ryan Dailey of Blaine is home schooled. He chose to move an existing monument 20 feet to the base of a new flag pole by the Spring Lake Park High School baseball field.
The four-foot tall monument was as deep into the ground as it was tall so the team of six Scouts and four adults rented a Bobcat during the two-day project to dig out and lift the monument before placing it in its new location.
Dailey bought a used flagpole from Twin Cities Flagpole, which donated the U.S. flag.
Dailey has been in scouts for 11 years and plans to keep volunteering with Troop 513, which meets at Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. He had his Eagle Court of Honor Oct. 5 at Christ Lutheran Church.
“It means a lot to me. It shows how much I’ve accomplished,” Dailey said.
Dailey is still touring colleges. He is leaning toward a career in computer hardware and robotics.
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