Outdoor signage in and around the Town of Berryville is all the buzz and discussions usually come down to cost, but one Eagle Scout candidate is contributing his time and energy to bring a new information kiosk to Main Street.
William Levi is a member of Boy Scout Troop #11 led by Rafael Contreras in Boyce, and he is working with Berryville Main Street to fulfill his Eagle Scout Service Project. The downtown organization had plans prepared for the kiosk that will be erected next to the Fire House Gallery and they offered the project as a way for William to fulfill his requirement. Each Eagle Scout candidate must complete a project that demonstrates leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. This is the culmination of the Eagle Scout candidate’s leadership training, and it requires a significant effort on his part. William needed to plan the project, raise the funds to pay for the project, and then manage and participate in the completion of the project.
Jim Draucker, who is the Assistant Scout Master for Troop 11, provided oversight at the work site and said that William worked with other scouts and members of the community on the project. Funds were raised through donations from downtown businesses that will benefit from the kiosk and local construction companies donated materials and expertise. Essroc Ready Mix donated concrete for the footer and Clarke County Roofing is contributing a red tin roof for the structure.
The kiosk was approved by the Town and will complement the aesthetics of the downtown area. It will have an upper bulletin board with plexiglass doors that will provide a shared space for posting flyers and leaflets. Below that there will be a map of the downtown area where businesses that are members of Berryville Main Street will be identified.
William has been preparing for the project for many months, but the shovels hit the ground Monday morning in Berryville. William’s work detail was comprised of his brother Peter Levi and fellow scouts, Roberto Contreras and Michael Contreras. Peter Levi has already attained the rank of Eagle Scout and is now a Venturing Crew Member.
Each step of the project must be logged in the project book and documented with photographs. Upon completion of the project, William’s work will be reviewed by Boy Scout Council members to ensure he has met all of the requirements.
This final step on the path to Eagle Scout provides valuable real world experience in accomplishing complex tasks. Once successfully completed, William will join the ranks of more 2 million young men who have earned the coveted rank of Eagle Scout since its introduction in 1911. Once earned the title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”
Construction is expected to continue for the next week with a planned completion date of April 14th, 2012