Town recognizes Scout for project
Walkway provides access to park pavilion
CENTREVILLE — In need of a project to become an Eagle Scout, Troop 464 Boy Scout Ian McGrory approached the Town of Centreville and asked if it needed help with anything around town. The troop, based out of Centreville, has completed multiple projects in the town limits. The town had been receiving complaints from handicapped individuals about access to the Millstream Park pavilion, so McGrory began formulating a project plan to create a handicapped accessible walkway.
On Tuesday, May 24, Centreville officials, members Boy Scout Troop 464 and friends and family gathered at the Millstream Park pavilion to celebrate the hard work and success that went into the creation of the walkway by McGrory.
McGrory said he was excited to do his Eagle Scout project at the park because he frequented it as a kid and “loved the park.”
Initially thinking the walkway from the parking lot to the pavilion was going to be constructed with wood — it used to be a rock pathway — McGrory said he was prepared and ready because he had worked with wood many times as a Boy Scout. But after talking with engineers, McGrory was told wood would not work because the area was too wet and the path would need to be constructed out of concrete.
“That scared me,” McGror y said. “...I took a couple weeks, and I just didn’t know where to go from there. I just had no idea how to build with concrete.”
Overcoming his initial fear, McGrory said he talked with people who knew how to use concrete, “started learning a lot of new words that I now have in my vocabulary that I never would have learned if it weren’t for this project,” and he learned how to work with and lay the material..
And one day before the 2015-2016 school year began, having worked all day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday prior to, the walkway, which is ADA compliant, was completed.
Centreville Councilman George “Smokey” Sigler opened the ceremony with remarks. He said he knew the hard work and time that goes into being a Boy Scout as he was one growing up in Pennsylvania. Sigler said he had been home a month before for the beginning of trout season and his Eagle Scout project, which was a large veterans stone put next to a bridge, was still there.
“So, I understand what it is to work up through the ranks of the scouts and what an accomplishment it is to reach an Eagle Scout,” he said.
Sigler said the long hours, the dedication needed to advance through the scouts as well as the accomplishments achieved to date will be with them for the rest of their lives.
“You set the standards for what ever y other young boy who sees that brown uniform wants to emulate,” he said.
Having completed multiple projects in the town, Sigler said Troop 464 had “basically adopted Centreville.” The troop has completed work at the cemetery, White Marsh Park, pavilions at hospice and at the Centreville United Methodist Church as well as planning memorials near the police station, to name a few.
Sigler said the troop is working on creating a database for the town cemetery because the records are so old and are beginning to fade away. He also said the troop will aid in putting a new roof on the shed in the cemetery.
“Guys, you are just amazing in what you do for the town on a volunteer basis, and I personally want to thank you from my heart, as do the other two folks who help keep the stitches running on this town,” Sigler said.
McGrory and town officials thanked Shore Lumber, Island Aggregate, Towers Concrete, Unity Nursery, Steve Layden, Price and Gannon/ Rental Works, members of Troop 464 and the Centreville Public Works Department for their assistance with the project.
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Ian McGrory, a member of Boy Scout Troop 464, stands with his troop members and Town of Centreville elected officials during the official ribbon cutting ceremony for his Eagle Scout project. McGrory, with the help of friends, family and the community, built a handicap-accessible walkway to the pavilion at the park.