Eagle Scout project completed at Ed Eagan Sports Complex

Fredonia’s Little League complex was the site of a recent Eagle Scout Project for Adam Essek, a member of Boy Scout Troop 267. The final requirement for the rank of Eagle Scout is a leadership project. Each Eagle candidate must plan and supervise an Eagle Scout project. This service project demonstrates a scout’s capacity and willingness to exert his leadership ability in activities that are constructive and worthwhile in the community.

Adam’s project was completed at the Ed Eagan Sports Complex by constructing a 27-foot planter/bench unit at the entrance of the complex. Under the direction of Jeff Davis, local contractor and member of the Little League Board, the construction has been completed and now welcomes visitors while providing additional safety to the area.

The Eagle Award is the culmination of the efforts of Adam; his parents and the many teachers he has learned so much from. A scout must earn 21 Merit Badges, in various crafts and skills. Thirteen of these badges are required by the Boy Scouts of America, the rest are electives chosen by the scout based on his own interests. Adam chose to complete his Eagle project at the sports complex because this is where he had spent a lot of time growing up playing T-Ball; Hathaway, Wright League and Babe Ruth Baseball. He played on several all-star teams as well as the Yard Birds Travel Baseball Team for many years.

Adam led several scouts from the troop and fathers that volunteered in the construction of the unit. The construction process began in November 2014 inside a workshop and was transported to the sports complex in the summer of 2015, finally being completed in November 2015.

The unit is a nice addition to the complex for visitors or players to sit on the benches. Flowers were planted in the flower boxes beside the benches and the unit provides additional safety by the rerouting of traffic away from the pavilion and concession area to the parking area. The unit covers the entire roadway that leads up to the picnic area. Parking pavers have been moved in front of the unit to divert the traffic away from the area.

After a Scout has completed the requirements of the rank of Eagle, he must be reviewed by a Board of Review. This Board of Review meets to ensure that the ideals of Scouting and the esteem of the Eagle rank are upheld. Adam was awarded his Eagle Scout Rank in December 2015.

The project was the culmination of ideas from Adam as well as the Little League Board to enhance the area while providing a wonderful community service project for this new Eagle Scout.