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Mont Vernon Scout completes Eagle project

Submitted to The Telegraph

MONT VERNON – As a student at Mont Vernon Village School, C. Logan Landrum spent many hours at an old picnic table with his friends designing intricate “waterworks” to control the flow of water from the playground to the street, trading Yu-Gi-Oh cards and resting between games of four square.

Since he graduated in 2006, some trees were removed from the playground, new equipment was installed, drainage was improved and bark mulch was added, but the old picnic table, now cracked, split and sunken into deep mulch, was still there. ...

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MONT VERNON – As a student at Mont Vernon Village School, C. Logan Landrum spent many hours at an old picnic table with his friends designing intricate “waterworks” to control the flow of water from the playground to the street, trading Yu-Gi-Oh cards and resting between games of four square.

Since he graduated in 2006, some trees were removed from the playground, new equipment was installed, drainage was improved and bark mulch was added, but the old picnic table, now cracked, split and sunken into deep mulch, was still there.

As an Eagle Scout candidate, Landrum was determined to build a new table on pavers that wouldn’t disappear under mulch in a few years. When the school staff asked him to build a pavilion over it to add shade, prevent weather damage and avoid pine pitch from the towering trees above it, Landrum agreed.

Oh, and the pavilion had to be “really nice” – not look like a pup tent – and be able to withstand hurricane-force winds.

With help from the Mont Vernon General Store, P.J. Currier Lumber, Siciliano Landscape, The Home Depot and others, Landrum and his friends and Scouting buddies got to work.

What was supposed to take four days turned into 11 as they met countless obstacles: A buried tree stump in the exact location of the last foundation support took five hours to remove; the pavilion needed a railing and extra bracing to stabilize it; wasps immediately began making nests in the ceiling, so ceiling and soffit covers were added; the hand railings had sharp edges and needed sanding so kids wouldn’t get hurt – the list went on and on.

The boys worked through the rain and into the night by car headlights when thunderstorms cut into their work time.

Children enrolled at the school visited the work site and have been thrilled that this space was being built for them, their families and the teachers to enjoy. Comments included “You built this for me?” and, “Why are you doing this?” One older student expressed her joy by doing a backflip off the old table.

In July, Landrum and the volunteers packed their tools and deemed the structure ready for play. A dedication ceremony will be held this fall.