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Eagle Scout Project (August 1998)

Theodore Schuler-Sandy, BSA Troop 444, Albuquerque, New Mexico

On March 25, 1998, Alison Schuler contacted TAAS about the possibility of her son, Theodore, using the General Nathan Twining Observatory (GNTO) as a venue for his Eagle Project.

What is an Eagle Project?  One requirement for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout is to manage a public service project requiring at least 100 person hours. Theodore was a student member of TAAS and familiar with GNTO.
 

The TAAS Board of Directors approved the concept and asked the Observatory Committee to work with Theodore on details.  The project was concluded on August 15, 1998.
 

The project was ambitious, well planed, and well executed.  In all, over 60 people provided over 1,125 person hours of labor.  Theodore raised $7,677.51 in cash, material, and service donations.
 

The fact that Theodore is only 12 years old makes all this even more remarkable.

Theodore at the end of the project. A little sunburned and very tired.

Chronology of the project

April 9, 1998 Observatory committee presents the concept of an Eagle Project at GNTO to the Board of Directors. Theodore and the GNTO Committee are given the green light.
April 25 Theodore meets with GNTO Committee at GNTO.
May Theodore makes several planning trips to GNTO.  Sends first plan to Observatory Committee.
May 7 Initial plans presented to the Board of Directors.
May Theodore refines his plan with input from the Observatory Committee.
June 3 Detailed plans presented to the Board of Directors.
June 6 Theodore makes a presentation to the members at the June general meeting following Dr. Harrison Schmitt's presentation.  Photo.
June 18 Eagle project approved by BSA.
July 3 Theodore developes Environmental Impact Statement.  Photo.
July 31 Final Planning meeting.  Photo.
May-August Theodore arranges for labor and materials.
August 6 Board of Directors updated on progress by the Observatory Committee.
August 8 Theodore makes his second presentation to the membership at the August general meeting. Raises $346.85 in cash donations.
August 9 Theodore works with Robert Ortega (Observatory Director) to perform an initial site grading.
August 13-15 The actual project.

 
 
Photos from Day 1  (Click on an image for a bigger view)
Theodore sets up a sign to the work site Theodore sets up a sign
to the work site
Theodore's Dad, Lyman, cleaning and setting up Theodore's Dad, Lyman,
cleaning and setting up
 
 
Photos from Day 2
Scouts give GNTO a fresh coat of paint The gravel arrives The work crew spreads 35 tons of gravel
Scouts give GNTO a
fresh coat of paint
The gravel arrives The work crew spreads 35 tons of gravel
 
A new smooth potty-path The observing area is ready for concrete The lecture area
A new smooth
"potty-path"
The observing area is
ready for concrete
The lecture area (equipped with 9 benches at project end)
will give TAAS a place to conduct presentations
before the evening viewing begins
 
 
Photos from Day 3
The concrete truck arrives Robert Ortega fills up the first observing pad Linda Hixon waits for the next pad to be poured Ron Gasser puts a finish on one of the pads
The concrete truck arrived
at about 9am on Saturday
Robert Ortega, GNTO Director, and one
of two professional contractors working
the project, starts to fill up
the first observing pad
Linda Hixon (one of
the concrete finishers)
waits for the next pad
to be poured
Ron Gasser puts a finish
on one of the pads
 
The expanded viewing area with new observing pads Onsite massages Frequent breaks keep workers happy
The expanded viewing area
and the new observing pads
on the south side of GNTO
Onsite massages were given
by professionals to help
with those sore muscles.
Theodore not only planned the work but
made sure the volunteers had a place to rest
and plenty to eat and drink.
 
Tables and Chairs for the Picnic and Lecture areas arrive Setting up the tables and chairs The first picnic table is installed The first picnic table is completed
The tables and chairs for the
Picnic and Lecture areas arrive.
Setting up the tables and
chairs involved anchoring
them in concrete.
The first one (of three)
is almost done!
Only two more tables to go!
 
Robert Chavez with Theodore's Mom Some of the work crew Theodore thanks those that stayed to the end
Robert Chavez (the other
professional contractor) looks on with
Theodore's Mom&151;Alison
Just a fraction of the entire
work crew! (Theodore's dad
is 3rd from the left, standing)
The project is over and
Theodore thanks those that
stayed to the end.
 
Lecture area Picnic area
Lecture area Picnic area
 
GNTO Sunset
GNTO Sunset---what a beautiful way to end the day!

 
 
Credits
Cash Donations
SBS Technologies, Inc. $500.00
Contact Paging 200.00
Richard & Irma Schuler 100.00
Alaska Commemorative Ventures, Inc. 100.00
Myra & Richard Lynch 50.00
John J. Castonguay, DDS 50.00
Ruth Pendley 30.00
Hair Fashions 25.00
TAAS Members (from the August 8th meeting) 346.85
Total $1,401.85

 
Donated Items (to be sold)
Donator Item Value
Alaska Commemorative Ventures, Inc. 30 tapes of "Journey Back to the Wild" $600.00
Indian Teepee Ornament 25.00
  Total $625.00

 
Materials Donated
Donator Item(s) Value
Materials, Inc. 3 benches, 6 pavers, trash receptacle $1,760.00
C&P Statuary Discount on tables and benches 549.00
Hacienda Home Centers Paint,brushes, rollers, pans 350.00
Hunter Lumber Expansion joints, stakes, brushes, pans 350.00
Wallin Construction Gravel 300.00
Southwest Abatement Work gloves 288.00
Parents Miscellaneous 350.00
Irma Schuler, Shaklee Dist. Performance Energy bars, Basic H 208.00
Quikrete Companies Quickrete conrete 208.00
Robert Chavez Grill 100.00
Louise & Chuck Peterson Food 58.61
Hart's Home Center Paints 35.00
Walmart Gift certificate 30.00
Sears Insect spray, primer 30.00
Dee's Cheesecake Cheesecake 25.50
Sun Valley Fruit Fruit Fruit 25.00
TLC Bakery Bread 25.00
Subway Sandwiches 25.00
Peli Inc. Caution tape 22.75
Reddi Ice. Ice 20.00
Wellborn Paint Sandpaper, paint trays 15.00
Pure Water Technologies Drinking water 10.00
  Total $4,735.66

 
Services Donated
Provider Service Value
Spirit Rising Natural Therapies Massage $715.00
Southwest Abatement Haul gravel 100.00
Salazar Trucking Haul gravel 100.00
  Total $915.00


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