MJ’s Eagle Scout Project

MJ completed his Eagle Scout project this past weekend. His project was to rebuild 250 feet of fence at the Lincroft Little League field. The old fence had a single horizontal rail and a top rail made of 2×4. Kids were constantly climbing under or over the fence.  People would get splinters from the old wood.  Plus there were several 4×4 posts that needed to be replaced.
With the rebuild, MJ designed three horizontal rails plus a top rail made of Trex, as you can see in the photo.  The project took two days and involved 155 man hours of labor.  Scouts and friends did most of the labor.

A special thank you to David Seibel for sponsoring the project with the Lincroft Little League and working with MJ through the project.

SCUBA Certification

This summer we’re taking a group of scouts to the BSA high adventure sea base in Florida.  We’re doing the SCUBA adventure program down in the Florida Keys for one week.  The program is awesome.  The scouts get to do 11 dives on the coral reefs in some of the most pristine water. We have 8 Scouts and 4 adults going on this adventure.  The scouts are between the ages of 15 – 18.

One of the prerequisites is that everyone, adults included, must be certified SCUBA divers.  We started the certification class 3 weeks ago.  The boys have another 2 classes and then the 4 open water dives to become fully certified.  I’ve attended parts of the class and the pool sessions.  It is pretty cool to see how they are progressing.  Last week they practiced out of air emergencies and equipment failures.

The instructor, Tony from Dosil’s, is great.  The man has the ability to teach the scouts in a way that keeps their attention.  He also has unbelievable patience.

Summer Camp

Last week we took the Boy Scout Troop up to Ten Mile River Scout Camp. What an amazing time! In addition to the boys working on the merit badges, we also did a lot of other activities such as the polar bear swim, high cope course, mountain biking, repelling and barbecuing. The kids had an amazing time. They earned a ton of merit badges.

If  you are involved in Scouting, but have not yet gone to Summer Camp, it is a very relaxing week. It was very nice to have a few hours each day where there was absolutely no demands and you could sit back, chill out. The fact that cell phones either didn’t work or were very spotty (depending upon your carrier) was an added bonus.