Scout Makes Bar­ri­cades For City Of Noel

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Dick­er­son

A Noel teen’s Ea­gle Scout project just might save some lives. Isaac Gard­ner, 17, of Noel, built 10 pairs of road bar­ri­cades for the city

for his Ea­gle Scout project with the help of his Boy Scout troop and some friends and fam­ily.

A Noel teen’s Ea­gle Scout project just might save some lives.

Isaac Gard­ner, 17, of Noel, built 10 pairs of road bar­ri­cades for the city for his Ea­gle Scout project with the help of his Boy Scout troop and some friends and fam­ily. Ea­gle Scout is the top scout­ing rank achiev­able in Boy Scout­ing, Isaac said.

“Dur­ing the last flood there were a lot of wa­ter res­cues, and a lot of roads were closed, but not a lot of bar­ri­cades were up, and the ones that did have bar­ri­cades weren’t very heavy, so peo­ple would just move them out of the way,” Isaac ex­plained.

Peo­ple who ig­nored the bar­ri­cades and drove into flooded ar­eas had to be res­cued by emer­gency per­son­nel. The bar­ri­cades Isaac and his team built are made of sturdy wood and are quite heavy. They bear re­flec­tive tape and signs that read “Road closed. Lo­cal traf­fic only.”

“Hope­fully th­ese ones they won’t move around as easy and it’ll be pretty clear that the road is closed,” he said.

Isaac said it took the group five days to build 10 sets of two bar­ri­cades. His fa­ther, Paul Gard­ner, es­ti­mated 170 man-hours went into the project.

“We used a bunch of power tools and we also used some man­ual tools. We hand-painted them be­cause it’s a re­ally thick la­tex paint,” he said.

Although about 10 other Boy Scouts in his troop helped, Isaac will get the credit for the project.

“It’s my project,” he said. “I co­or­di­nated, and they helped.”

He joined Cub Scouts at age 10 and has been in Boy Scouts since age 12, he said.

“There’s a lot of fun stuff to do, but there’s also a lot of stuff to teach you valu­able skills to help you later in life. It’s taught me a lot of valu­able char­ac­ter traits and knowl­edge that’s helped me get through the pro­gram and that’s helped me out­side of it also,” he said.

Isaac’s mother, Nora Gard­ner, said, “I’m very proud. It’s been very stress­ful, but very proud that he’s been able to achieve what he wanted to.”

Paul Gard­ner said, “I am ex­pressly proud of my young man for get­ting this far in the scout pro­gram. I’m frus­trated it’s taken him this long, right up to his 18th birth­day, but thanks to ev­ery­one com­ing be­hind him, it looks like it’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

Tyson Foods in Noel do­nated the ma­te­ri­als for the project. Broad­way Con­struc­tion pro­vided food and drink for the scout troop on a work day.

RACHEL DICK­ER­SON/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Nathan McKay, left, Jack Kel­ley, Paul Gard­ner, Isaac Gard­ner, Pam Satchel and Ryan Schenkel are pic­tured with a bar­ri­cade that Isaac Gard­ner made for his Ea­gle Scout project. Tyson Foods of Noel sup­plied the ma­te­ri­als for the project.

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