Ne­shaminy Scout is fly­ing with the Ea­gles

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Elizabeth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

NEW­TOWN TOWN­SHIP - gohn Galuchi’s re­cent des­ig­na­tion as an Ea­gle Scout marked a mile­stone for the NU-year-old who has been scout­ing since he was in third gradeK Over the yearsI he’s earned some im­pres­sive badgesW climb­ingI archeryI and ori­ent­ing Eus­ing a map and read­ing a com­passFI just to name a fewK But when the jid­dle­town res­i­dent and Ne­shaminy High School se­nior de­cided he wanted to fly with the Ea­glesI he used plenty of horse senseK He de­cided to build a horse trail in Tyler State ParkK

“I no­ticed that there was a rise on one of the trails that seemed too steep for the horses and for peo­pleK I thought that was not the best use of the trail so I de­cided to cre­ate an al­ter­nate oneI” said gonI an as­sis­tant scout leader for Boy Scout Troop PNSI where his fa­ther oichard is a scout lead­erK The troop meets and Christ rnited jethodist Church in cair­less HillsK

gon and his fa­ther set to work on a project that would take NUR man hours over six weeksI and the as­sis­tance of 2M peo­pleI mostly scouts out to earn their own badges com­mu­nity ser­vice cred­itsI he saidK

gon said that of­fi­cials of the Bucks County Parks and oe­cre­ation agency agreed to the pro­jectI which was only the first step in the process be­cause he wanted to cre­ate the PMM-yard-longI NM-foot-wide path­way with­out hav­ing to re­move big treesK He staked out his ground - lit­er­ally - by plac­ing wooden stakes along what would be­come a more level path­way for the hors­esK Then came the back­break­ing part - weed­ingI us­ing a chain saw to re­move small treesI and the lev­el­ing of the dirt to make room for lay­ers of stoneK

“Peo­ple came by and watched our progress and no sooner did we fin­ish than peo­ple started us­ing the trailI” he saidK

oichard Galuchi helped his son with the project and re­called that the duo ex­pe­ri­enced com­pan­ion­shipI fun and much hard work over­com­ing ob­sta­cles and plot­ting lo­gis­ticsK

“There were times when gon told me to back offK I didK But it was worth­while be­cause Tyler is a very big eques­trian park and the horses had trou­ble get­ting up the riseI” oichard saidK

gon said he would like to con­tinue his involvement with scout­ingK He plans to con­tinue his ed­u­ca­tion be­causeI a long­time gui­tar play­erI he wants a ca­reer as a sound en­gi­neerK

“Scout­ing has given me a lot of en­cour­age­ment and con­fi­denceK I also got a lot of peo­ple skills when earn­ing my badgesI” he saidK

gon will soon share the spot­light with brother oy­anI NRI who is in the fi­nal stages of his own Ea­gle pro­jectI also with eques­tri­ans in mindK He’s in­stalling a hitch­ing post and a mount­ing plat­form at TylerK

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