Eagles Soar in Rose Valley

New Eagle Scouts from left to right: Ben Troutman (Swarthmore), Will Hsin (Wallingford), Andrew Mackey (Wallingford) and Kevin Yin (Wallingford).

New Eagle Scouts from left to right: Ben Troutman (Swarthmore), Will Hsin (Wallingford), Andrew Mackey (Wallingford) and Kevin Yin (Wallingford).

Boy Scout Troop 272 Advances Four Eagle Scouts

Family, friends, local politicians and scouts attended a ceremony at The Old Mill this past weekend to honor Ben Troutman of Swarthmore and William Hsin, Andrew Mackey and Kevin Yin, all of Wallingford, Boy Scouts from Rose Valley Troop 272, who recently achieved the Eagle Scout rank. Eagle Scout is the highest honor in Scouting. To receive this rank, scouts must complete significant milestones which culminate in an Eagle Scout Project that brings together all of the Boy Scout teachings and allows scouts to illustrate their ability to organize and lead a project for the community.

Ben Troutman’s Eagle Scout Service Project was for Gateway Community Church. He created a fire pit and patio for the church to use at their events. He also planted new flowers in front of both of their signs to make them more attractive.

William Hsin’s Eagle Scout project was the continuation of the Preservation and Beautification Project of the Hedgerow Theatre House in order to provide privacy from the main road, cell tower, and other nearby neighbors. It included the incorporation of many black walnut resistant plants, to tolerate the pre-existing toxic conditions and create a “green screen” around the property. Mulch was also placed to complete a memorial garden and walkway.

Andrew Mackey’s project was to plan and build a raised bed garden at the Chester Senior Center. The garden consisted of four, 4×8 feet beds. In total there were 121 plants, donated by Miller’s Greenhouse, that were placed into the garden beds. The garden has provided activity for the seniors that joined the gardening club.

Kevin Yin’s Eagle Scout Project was a thorough improvement of the entrance area of Old Mill, where Troop 272 meets weekly. It consisted of re-introducing native plant species to the general area, preventing soil erosion by stabilizing the nearby stream bank with stones, establishing an emergency water-supplying method for the area’s fountain, and rebuilding the destroyed Old Mill sign.

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