The City of Parkville recognized a local Boy Scout for his hard work and dedication in helping to enhance the Parkville Nature Sanctuary through his Eagle Scout project. The Scout was recognized at the Board of Aldermen meeting on November 17th .
Kade Tholen from Boy Scout Troop 261 completed his Eagle Scout project on the White Tail and Old Kate trails to help with storm water control and erosion controls. Kade installed railroad ties across the slope of Old Kate Trail to slow down the water and collect debris while keeping the gravel in place to prevent trail washout. Along the southern spur of the White Tail Trail, he repaired both sides of the damaged culvert and installed several railroad ties along the edges of the trail to prevent erosion and gravel washout into the streams. Kade, other scouts, several adults and Parkville Nature Sanctuary Director Kristen Bontrager spent a total of 170 hours on the project.
Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in the Boy Scouts and to earn the Eagle Scout ranking, a Boy Scout must plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization, school or community. Only three to four percent of Boy Scout members ever attain the prestigious honor.
Mayor Johnston said, “The Parkville Nature Sanctuary is a 115-acre natural area with 2.8 miles of trails that is maintained almost entirely by volunteers. With Kade’s help, we continue to improve the sanctuary. His project will be appreciated for many years to come.”
For more information about the Eagle Scout project or to volunteer, contact Nature Sanctuary Director Kristen Bontrager at (816) 741-7676.