Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979 Page: 30
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Challenges or Roadblocks?
BY DAN FAIRWEATHER
Illustration by Marvin Friedman
THOUSANDS OF HIKERS, nature lovers, sportsmen, and
birdwatchers are tramping the Scout Trail in Somerset
County southeast of Pittsburgh, Pa., this year. They are
enjoying the solitude of wooded game lands and fine views of
the Youghiogheny River.
Their pleasure is the direct result of the work of Eagle Scout
Michael Perry, 17, of Forest Hills Presbyterian Churches
Troop 90, Pittsburgh, who built the trail as his service project
Probably no other requirement for the Eagle Scout award
causes as much puzzlement and soul-searching as the service
project. Life Scouts and their Scoutmasters are constantly
asking, What makes a good project? Does it have to be
original? How long should it take? Who must approve it?
Perhaps we can answer those questions by looking at the
Eagle projects of Michael Perry and several other Scouts to
see how the projects originated and how the Scouts followed
through on them.
For his Star and Life service projects, which don't require
initiative or leadership, Michael Perry (continued on page 77)
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