Eagle Scout Project Leads to South Cape Beach Trail Cleanup and New Kiosk | Bourne News

A brisk breeze in South Cape Beach kept the air temperature in the Bayberry parking lot on a hot Saturday in June when some two dozen Boy Scouts from Troop 38 in North Falmouth, Boy Scout leaders, parents and friends gathered come together to be part of a Project Eagle Scout day.

Organized by 17-year-old life scout and Troop 38 senior patrol leader Dalton A. Watring from Cataumet, the goal of the project was to clear the parking lot, widen the narrow walking path in the woods and to build a kiosk for the start of the trail.

When the volunteer workers arrived, they headed to the end of the parking lot sealed off for the project.

Two tents had been set up to provide shade: one for the portable generator and power tools, the other to house camp chairs, coffee, water, cold drinks and snacks.

Hammers, mallets, rakes, loppers, mowers, shovels and a hole shovel were among the many tools neatly stacked for volunteers to use.

Dalton is familiar with the South Cape Beach State Park area because his father, David M. Watring Jr., worked there as facilities manager.

“I chose to do my Eagle Scout project there because it is a great area and a great cause,” said Dalton, referring to research done by the Waquoit Bay Estuary National Research Reserve. , of which South Cape Beach is one. . “We help them. “

Several volunteers walked up the trail with mowers, loppers, and rakes to cut through the overgrown greenery to the intersection, where one dirt road leads into forest and swamp, and the other, Will’s Work Road, leads to a beach on Waquoit La Baie.

Dalton, carrying building instructions for the state park kiosk, arranged for other people to clear brush at the trailhead (in preparation for planting three juniper bushes and a row of annuals), clear the parking lot and start building a large wooden kiosk.

As the host on this hot day, Dalton made sure everyone knew where the snacks and drinks were.

Passers-by who arrived to take the trail asked questions and were impressed with the scale of the project.

The lumber and materials to build the large wooden gazebo, valued at $ 2,500, were donated by Mid-Cape Home Centers (formerly Wood Lumber Company) in Falmouth.

“Wood Lumber Company has always supported the Eagle Scouts,” said material manager Gregory J. Souza over the phone. “We have carried on the tradition of supporting these young people who are ready to give of their time and do something good for the community. We support them as best we can.

“They have been so helpful and generous, especially during these times,” David Watring said of his work with Mid-Cape Homes. “They were awesome.”

At lunchtime, 10 boxes of pizza arrived, filling the back of a relative’s car, and the workers took a break.

A few hours later, after a concentrated and dedicated job of Scouts of all ages, from young teens to young adults, their parents, their Scout leaders and their friends, the project was completed – a big job well done.

With Dalton standing in the center, photos of the group were taken in front of the new gazebo, which is securely set up at the trailhead recently embellished with local plants and bark mulch.

The Department of Natural Resources will use the kiosk to display information, such as trail information and insect warnings.

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