Eagle Scout Project/Spring 2014
Zane DeGraw

Zane as Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 373 Announces Zane DeGraw Achieves Eagle Scout Ranking 

Marshall, MI – Boy Scout Troop 373 makes ready to award Zane DeGraw the rank of Eagle Scout at his Last Court of Honor in November.  Zane completed his Eagle Project, consisting of a sign and landscaping, in June, 2014, at Marshall's Wilder Creek Conservation Club, 19833 D Drive South. The project included planning, design, attending committee meetings and Wilder Membership meetings, public speaking, fundraising, excavation, masonry and final landscaping.  Zane conducted research, presented to the club members and worked with vendors, such as Bonnie Kazmar of Signworld Concepts, stone mason, Dave Guilford and Mike Darling of Darling's Ace Hardware all located in Marshall.  Scouts in the troop also pitched in and supported with much needed muscle and energy during the excavation and sign installation.  The club's Youth Coordinator, Bill Haeske, offered guidance and experience while Zane progressed toward completion of the project.

Zane chose Wilder Creek as the site of the project because the club lacked a sign for many years, which caused difficulty for people trying to locate Wilder without it.  Zane's recognition of that difficulty was the important link to the decision to build a sign.  The hope was to, not only promote the club, but point the way to a legacy for the generations.  Zane believes the sign will invite the public to participate in Wilder's 63 acres laid out for the enjoyment of families, friends and organizations in a peaceful green setting established in 1937.

Zane was raised in Marshall, MI, with 3 brothers, one of whom is also an Eagle Scout, by parents David W. DeGraw and Karin M. DeGraw.  Zane endured the closure of several Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops during his years as a scout.  The years of support from his family, fellow scouts and scout leaders are evident since many boys leave scouting in high school years due to school commitments, sports and employment. 

Zane's high school years were distinct by membership in the Marshall High School Band, National Honor Society, the high honor roll all four years and graduating with highest honors.  Zane was also ranked in the top ten of the Marshall High School graduating class of 2014.  Zane was invited to attend the Honors College at each of the 4 universities to which he applied. Currently, Zane is attending Michigan State University as a member of the Honors College, pursuing a bachelor degree in chemical engineering. About Troop 373 Troop 373 is sponsored by The Marshall United Methodist Church and The Marshall Rotary Club, with meetings held at the church on Wednesday nights during the school year.  Scoutmaster of Troop 373 is Cliff Conklin. 

Eagle Scout Project/Fall 2014
Silas Chapman

Jim Dobbins, WCCC Vice President, congratulates and thanks Silas Chapman for his creation and building of an indoor archery range.

Bill Haeske, WCCC Youth Liason, & Jim Dobbins present Silas Chapman with an Eagle Scout memorabila box.

Eagle Scout Project/Fall 2011
Bruce DeGraw

Bruce and Dad, David

Thanks to Eagle Scout candidate, Bruce DeGraw, Wilder Creek Conservation Club (WCCC) will offer a new creek viewing site.

Bruce was interested in offering his project to WCCC because of his past scouting experience on the property.  Starting scouting in first grade, Bruce has worked his way to Eagle Scout candidacy, participating is several of his projects at WCCC.  His troop has done stick clean-up, planted trees, enjoyed bow shooting, made blue bird houses and participated in a Camperee on the grounds.

The Plan:  Bruce followed organized steps to accomplish his goal.  We worked with WCCC members to see what the club needs were.  After choosing to build a creek viewing platform, he gained approval from WCCC's membership and the Scout Board.

The Donations:  Bruce  approached family, friends and businesses for donations.  He received help from all of them including WCCC members and Menards.

The Building:  The 12' X 12' platform and 10' ramp construction started on 29 September 2011.  It was built on "feet" rather than on sunken posts in order to comply with EPA guidelines, an idea that originated with Board Member, Tim Cook, former Assistant Scout Leader.  Bruce's whole family--David, Karin and Zane helped as well as friends, Bill and Marie Edwards, and his Scout Leader, Mason Mc Donough.  As of this writing, the projected completion target is mid-November.

In order to qualify for Eagle Scout candidacy, Bruce had to be in scouting for years, earn certain badges, serve in leadership roles and complete a project.

When asked what drew Bruce to Scouting originally, he said, "I wanted to camp.  It became much more than camping as I went on."

The Family:  Bruce's parents have been actively involved in his Scouting journey since the beginning, serving as scout leaders.  His mother, Karin DeGraw, noted, "It's great seeing the kids excel through Scouting.  They really accomplish some amazing things."  His father, David W. DeGraw, added, "We saw how important it is for a scout to have his parents' full support and involvement.  The kids whose parents participate with them really do some great things."

Bruce thanked WCCC members and especially Bill Haeske, WCCC's Youth Projects Coordinator for his help.  Bill is also actively involved in Scouting and has been for years.

Thank you, Bruce:  WCCC thanks Bruce, his family and friends for giving the club this great platform and the opportunity to enjoy the creek and grounds even more.


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