Cole Garlick, an eighth grader at Milford Central Academy is a Life Scout in Troop 186 in Milford, DE. He is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. He recently completed his Eagle Scout Project at Dupont Nature Center in Milford. He and his fellow scouts from Troop 186 constructed a retaining wall and planted beach grass at the Nature Center. The retaining wall replaced the sand bags that were used by the nature center to protect the plants and resources from storms. The new wall will now be a permanent structure to protect the area from storms.
“Dupont Nature center is a great place to get in touch with nature and experience a lot of different plants and animals,” said Garlick.”
With the help of 25 scouts and adults from Troop 186, the retaining wall became a reality. A total of 155 hours were logged for the building and planning of the wall and planting of beach grass. Garlic was not only responsible for planning and implementing the project but also securing donations for materials used.
“Going into it I knew it was going to be a lot of work but I really felt we were doing something good,” said Garlick. “[Dupont Nature Center] needed it and it will be there for a very long time.” Several local businesses helped donate materials and time including Nuttles Lumber in Rehoboth, Delaware Building Supply, Lowes of Seaford, Lowes of Millsboro, Lowes of Dover, Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply and Bella Terra.
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Scouts must achieve many ranks in order to become an Eagle Scout, including Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life. Once the Scout reaches Life he can begin working on his Eagle project and requirements toward Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Garlick has to earn 21 merit badges, 11 which are specifically Eagle Scout requirements. In addition, he must log service hours, campout hours and hold leadership positions in the troop.
“People should get involved in scouting not only to teach them leadership, it is a lot if fun and a great experience,” said Garlick.
Currently the Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 186, Garlick is finishing up his final merit badge for his Eagle requirements. Venturing into high school soon, he wants to attend college to major in mechanical or aerospace engineering.
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