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Boy's and Girl's Scout Projects

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center truly appreciates all of the enhancements that have been made to the grounds and trails at the UT Arboretum over the past forty-plus years by Boy's and Girl's Scout volunteers. The following are highlights from projects completed just within the last five years.

Eagle Scout Projects
Boy Scout Troop(s) 285, 30, and 20
Morgan Buckley, Aden Watson, Nicholas Kiss
2016

During the month of October volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop(s) 285, 30, and 20 completed three important work projects within the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center’s Arboretum. All of these projects have added value to the Arboretum’s outreach and education mission, while also meeting the Boy Scouts of America - Eagle Scout project requirements mission of: leadership, teamwork, project management and sustainability.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center truly appreciates the volunteer work by the Boy Scouts of America on these much needed infrastructure and outreach projects. Otherwise, these projects might not have been completed due to the Center's limited resources and staff time.

Morgan Buckley Scout Project Morgan Buckley Project Team

Morgan Buckley, Eagle Scout candidate from troop 285 said that “accomplishing my eagle project was a major part of my life, and I think that it will be forever. I learned that you should always plan for both minor and major accomplishments. I feel more connected to the troop as a family than I did before we all worked on the project together.”

Photos: Troop 285 (far left photo) works on the “Heath Cove Trail Eagle Scout Bridge Project”. Morgan Buckley (third from left – near left photo) poses with his project Team.


Aden Watson Scout Project Aden Watson Project Team

Aden Watson, Eagle Scout candidate of troop 30 said that “it is startling to note how quickly time has passed since the day I joined the Troop. I have grown from a 12 year old Second Class scout, to the age of 17 and on the verge of being awarded my Eagle Scout. Regarding my continuing involvement in scouting, I am interested in becoming an adult leader with Troop 30".

Photos: Troop 30 (far left photo) works on the “Arboretum Wildlife Planting Eagle Scout Project”. Aden Watson (back row, fourth from left – near left photo) poses with his project Team.


Nicholas Kiss Scout Project Nicholas Kiss Project Team

Nicholas Kiss, Eagle Scout candidate of troop 20 said that “scouting has always had a positive impact on not only me but also my friends and family. So I wanted to give back to the community in a way that was a little different but also educational and enjoyable. With the completion of my project I hope to establish a place where people can learn about our forests or even a place where people can escape from their busy lives".

Photos: Troop 20 (far left photo) works on the “Arboretum Forest Measurements Eagle Scout Project”. Nicholas Kiss (back row, fourth from left – near left photo) poses with his project team.


Heathcove Trail Bridge Repair: Before and After
Andrew Christiansen's Bridge Project Team

Repairs on the Heath Cove Trail and New Trail Additions
Boy Scout Troop 30
Andrew Christiansen, Eagle Scout Project
2016

Andrew Christiansen and Bridge Repair Project Andrew Christiansen from BSA Troop 30 completed his Boy Scouts of America “Eagle Scout” project in the UT Arboretum in November, 2016. He and members of his troop rebuilt the deteriorated bridge on the lower part of the Heath Cove Trail and installed gravel and waterbars on the new “yet-to-be” named trail near the Visitors Center. Andrew, who most people call Rudy, is a Life Scout in Troop 30 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He is a 15 year-old freshman who enjoys piano, martial arts, marksmanship, hiking, camping and mountain biking. Andrew was quoted as saying “the UT Arboretum has an amazing number of unique plants along its many beautiful trails” and thanked the Arboretum staff for the opportunity to help maintain the safety and health of the trail system.


Top Left: Bridge before

Top Right: Bridge after

Lower Left: Troop 30 Bridge Project Team (Andrew far left: blue jacket)

Above: Andrew Christiansen

Photos courtesy of Andrew Christiansen

Maggie Clark's Bench Project at the Arboretum

New benches for the Cemetery Ridge Trail
Girl Scout Troop 21033
Maggie Clark, Silver Project
2016

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC) received a generous donation of two new resting benches for the Cemetery Ridge Trail this past September. Maggie Clark (standing next to bench) of Girl Scout Troop 21033 completed the construction of the two new benches as part of her Silver project award requirements. Maggie is a ninth grader at Karns High School and has been a Girl Scout since she was in the first grade. She chose the Arboretum for her Silver award project because she loves to wander the trails with her mother enjoying nature and the fresh air of the property. She has long-term career aspirations of working in a science field as either a microbiologist or a geneticist.

Arboretum Deck Eagle Scout Building Project
Josh Lennon's Wood Deck Project

Wood Deck Project
Boy Scout Troop 451
Josh Lennon, Eagle Scout Candidate
2016

In July, volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 451 finished construction of the UT Arboretum Office/Visitors Center wood deck project. This project included a new wood walkway connecting the building's front side walk to the new 12 ft. by 12 ft. wood deck viewing platform. Josh Lennon, Eagle Scout candidate, provided the project design plan, resource supply budget, leadership, and safety direction for his team during the multi-phase project work day. Josh has been involved in scouting for many years and had previously earned the distinguished "Arrow of Light" award as a Cub Scout. After the project was complete, he commented that "Troop 451 has always been a troop focused on going above and beyond what we were expected to do. We always want something that is going to challenge us and stretch us just a little bit more, and that is what scouting is about, always bettering yourself." A large contingent of over 20 scouts, friends, scout leaders, and parents turned out to help Josh on this much-needed project, which now completes the exterior facelift of the Arboretum Office/Visitors Center.

Top Left: Boy Scout Troop 451 had a long 12+ hour build day in July to complete wood walkway/deck project at the UT Visitors Center/Office. Steven Lennon (Josh's dad) is seen in the top photo (gray t-shirt) working on the deck support frame.

Lower Left: Josh Lennon poses proudly on the new wood deck that he designed and built with his team as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Arboretum Trail Stair Eagle Scout Building Project - Before
Andrew Nagle's Trail Stair Project - Finished
Arboretum Trail Stair Eagle Scout Building Project - Crew

Trail Stair Project
Boy Scout Troop 451
Andrew Nagel, Eagle Scout Candidate
2016

Andrew Nagle's Arboretum Trail Stair Building Project This past June, volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 451 finished construction of the UT Arboretum “Trail Stair” project - near the front of the arboretum parking lot entrance just off of the Old Kerr Hollow trail. This project included a “trail stair” entry way into a yet “to-be-named” trail and two new resting benches that will allow visitors a direct route up to the new auditorium and associated plant gardens. Andrew Nagle, Eagle Scout candidate, provided the project design plan, resource supply budget, leadership, and safety direction for his team during the multi-phase project work schedule. Boy Scout Troop 451 is chartered at the Cumberland Campus of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church on Western Avenue in Knoxville, TN, and the troop has been involved in several excellent Eagle Scout projects at the UT Arboretum over the past five years. Andrew’s Eagle Project involved 28 volunteers with a total of almost 300 hours of work. After completing his Eagle Project, Andrew Nagle earned his Eagle Scout Rank on July 28th, 2016. Andrew stated that “My Project was the creation of a new Trailhead and Trail to the UT Arboretum Auditorium. It will become one of the primary routes used to get from the main entrance to the new Auditorium at the Arboretum.”

Above: Andrew Nagle (orange hat) poses for a shot sitting on his “in progress” Trail Stair Eagle Scout Project.

Top Left: Arboretum Trail Stair Building Project - Before

Middle Left: Arboretum Trail Stair Building Project - Completed.

Lower Left: Arboretum Trail Stair Building Project - Work Crew.

Joshua Cottrell's Project In Progress
Final Construction

Stair and Bridge Project
Boy Scout Troop 129
Joshua Cottrell, Eagle Scout Candidate
2015

Throughout late September and early October, volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 129 constructed an exit platform/staircase on the Arboretum marsh area bridge that was built in 2014. The project has provided a much-needed throughway from a gravel road bed to the marsh area plant collection and associated riparian zone. Joshua Cottrell, Eagle Scout candidate, Senior at Hardin Valley Academy, and aspiring computer software developer provided the leadership and safety direction for his team during the project. A contingent of over 15 scouts, friends, and parents turned out over multiple workdays to help Joshua with this extremely important project.

Top Left: Joshua Cottrell’s Eagle Scout project “In progress”.

Bottom Left: Final construction of Joshua Cottrell’s Eagle Scout project.

Girl Scouts Replace Information Boxes

Information Boxes
Girl Scout Troop 20737
Sophia McDuffee, Megan McEahern
2014

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC) recently received a generous donation of fifteen new trail information boxes from Sophia McDuffee (left) from Hardin Valley Academy, and Megan McEahern (right) from Oak Ridge High School. Both girls are from Girl Scout Troop 20737 in Oak Ridge. The donation was part of their Girl Scout Silver Award project which requires at least fifty hours of community outreach service. These newly donated boxes were either reconditioned from the existing boxes or were new construction, and which will now be re-installed on the Oak Hickory and Tulip Poplar trails.

Boy Scout Troop 140 Staircase Project
Boy Scout Troop 140 Staircase/Bridge Project

Parking Lot Stair and Bridge Project
Boy Scout Troop 140
Brandon Puckett, Eagle Scout candidate
2014

On August 23rd, volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 140 constructed a much-needed staircase/bridge project, which now safely connects the Arboretum parking lot area to the large map/information kiosk. Brandon Puckett, Eagle Scout candidate, senior at Hardin Valley Academy, and future missionary, provided the leadership, direction, and safety emphasis for his team during the project work day. A large contingent of over 30 scouts, friends, and parents turned out to help Brandon on this extremely important project.

Left: Brandon Puckett (top center–gray shorts/shirt/safety glasses) leads a discussion with his team about how to make the final connection between the staircase and bridge.

Lower Left: Brandon Puckett (left), poses proudly with his family, on his completed Eagle Scout staircase/bridge project.

Boy Scout Troop 101 Bridge Project
Boy Scout Troop 101 Completed Bridge

Bridge Project
Boy Scout Troop 101
Cothron Theiss, Eagle Scout candidate
2014

During July and August volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 101 completed the dismantling of an old bridge and construction of a new bridge for the UT Arboretum. Cothron Theiss, Eagle Scout candidate, junior at Roane County High School, and future engineer, provided the vision and leadership to complete his Eagle Scout bridge project in the Arboretum marsh area. The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center truly appreciates all of the Eagle Scout projects done by the Boy Scouts of America over the past forty-plus years. Through their continued hard work, community involvement, and combined efforts, so many much needed sustainable projects are being completed throughout the Arboretum.

Left: Cothron Theiss (top center – green shirt/tan hat) provides direction and leadership to his team during his Eagle Scout bridge construction project.
Photos courtesy of Benet Theiss

Wood Duck Boxes
Wood Duck Box Installation

Wood Duck Boxes
Girl Scout Leadership Project
Sarah Lloyd, Girl Scout
2013

The UT Arboretum recently received a generous donation of three cedar wood duck nesting boxes from Sarah Lloyd. The donation was part of Sarah's Girl Scout leadership/community outreach project requirement. The wood duck boxes have been installed in the Marsh Area and near the front pond located adjacent to the Arboretum office. A third box will be located in the Research area of the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center (FRREC). Yvonne Hitchcock, FRREC Senior Field Worker, and Bo Duncan, FRREC Senior Farm Equipment Operator, worked together to fabricate the wood duck box mounting poles/hardware and required predator-proof devices.

Top Left: Sarah Lloyd proudly displays one of the wood duck nesting boxes that she built and donated to the Arboretum (Her proud father Peter is shown in the picture with her).

Bottom Left: Sarah Lloyd helps to install one of her donated wood duck nesting boxes in the pond near the Arboretum office (Yvonne Hitchcock - left).

Preparing the area for the wetland installation
The prepared wetland area
The prepared wetland area

Eagle Scout Projects
Boy Scout Troops 320 and 451
David Dunn, Shaun Guyette, and William Zorn
2013

During November volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 320 and Troop 451 completed three work projects within the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center Arboretum. David Dunn's (Troop 320) Eagle Scout project was focused on building a wood/rock connecting staircase to the creek area near the juncture of the Arboretum S. Illinois Ave. entryway and the Old Kerr Hollow Road. Shaun Guyette's (Troop 451) project was focused on refurbishing the old information kiosk located on the S. Forest Loop Road Trail in preparation of a new American Tree Farm educational outreach initiative. William Zorn's (Troop 451) project was aimed at refurbishing, strengthening, and enlarging the first bridge in the Marsh area. The FRREC truly appreciates the volunteer work of the Boy Scouts of America working on much needed projects that might otherwise not get completed due to limited resources and staff time.

Top left: David Dunn - Troop 320 (top of picture - red jacket) provides leadership and direction for his team in building a connecting wood/rock staircase from the creek to the Old Kerr Hollow Road Trail.

Center left: Shaun Guyette - Troop 451 (front row - green t-shirt) provided leadership and direction for his team in completing the "refurbishing" of the old information kiosk located at the beginning of the S. Forest Loop Road Trail.

Bottom left: William Zorn - Troop 451 (middle - green jacket and brown cap) provided leadership for his team in completing the rebuild of the old bridge in the Marsh area.

New Bluebird Boxes at the Arboretum

Bluebird Boxes
Girl Scout Leadership Project
Sascha Richey, Girl Scout
2013

The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center recently received a generous donation of eight new Bluebird nesting boxes from Sascha Richey. The donation was part of Sascha's Girl Scout leadership/community outreach project requirement. Sascha and her father helped to install five of the Bluebird nesting boxes in the Arboretum near the main TVA powerline this past spring. The other three boxes will be used to replace some of the older existing boxes that are beyond repair.

Footpath Bridge

Foot Bridge Project
Boy Scout Troop 224
Daniel LaClair, Eagle Scout Candidate
2013

On Saturday July 22, 2013, volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 224 assisted Daniel LaClair (center of picture - dark blue t-shirt and shorts) with his Eagle Scout project at the UT Arboretum. Daniel's project was focused on building a foot bridge across the creek that runs adjacent to Illinois Avenue near the front entrance of the Arboretum. The project will not only provide foot travel access to a small island for our visitors, but will also provide a safe pathway to transport lawn care equipment across the creek to maintain the island. Daniel coordinated the work crew and provided the wood materials for the footbridge. The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center provided the bridge support poles.

Boy Scout Troop 46 Arboretum Work Day

Heath Cove Trail Upgrade
Boy Scout Troop 46
Matt Lloyd, Eagle Scout Candidate
2012

On Saturday May 12, 2012, volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 46 assisted Matt Lloyd (standing left holding an orange tree puller tool) with his Eagle Scout project. Matt's project is focused on enhancing the Heath Cove Trail, by pulling up targeted invasive species along the trail (Privet and Autumn olive), upgrading the bridges, arresting erosion, and adding a new resting bench for Arboretum visitors to enjoy. The troop proudly posed for their picture at the end of the day next to the pile of extracted invasive species.

Bobby Krieger's Eagle Scout Project

Marsh Area Staircase
Boy Scout Troop 328
Bobby Krieger, Eagle Scout Candidate
2012

On Saturday November 10, 2012, volunteers from local Boy Scout Troop 328 assisted Bobby Krieger (top left of picture - gray t-shirt) with his Eagle Scout project at the UT Arboretum. Bobby's project was focused on building a connecting wood/rock staircase in the Marsh area. The project not only enhanced the area, but also provided a safe passage from the road to the small bridge in the Marsh area. Bobby coordinated the work crew and provided the wood materials for the stair case. The UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center provided the aggregate rock for the stair treads.

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