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March 23, 2012

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Eagle Scout project supports Pine View customers

By Theresa Fitzgerald, Public Affairs Office

Completion of an Eagle Scout Service Project at Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground helped a member of the Fort McCoy community attain scouting’s highest rank.
PHOTO: David Humphrey poses by one of the five footbridges that help visitors enjoy the Pine View Campground hiking trails. Contributed photo
David Humphrey poses by one of the five footbridges that help visitors enjoy the Pine View Campground hiking trails. Humphrey helped coordinate construction of the bridges as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. (Contributed photo)

One day after his 17th birthday, David Humphrey, son of Garrison Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Rob and Rhonda Humphrey, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at his court of honor.

Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts in the United States achieve this prestigious honor.

Humphrey’s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, completed at Fort McCoy in the fall of 2011, included the construction of five new 15- to 30-foot footbridges along the hiking trails at the campground.

The project took five weekends to complete and included tearing down existing bridges and then preparing the area for new bridge construction.

The bridges help visitors safely enjoy the hiking trails that meander along the La Crosse River at the campground.

His older brother was his motivation for completing his project, Humphrey said. “My brother challenged me to earn my Eagle Scout before he did. He earned his one day before his 18th birthday.”

Humphrey said he could not have completed the project on his own. He was supported by volunteers and provided with tools, heavy equipment and lumber.

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation provided the tools and lumber for the project. What couldn’t be provided was paid for with donations from Piggly Wiggly, Sparta Women’s Group, Friends and Spouses of Fort McCoy and the Sparta VFW. No federal endorsement is implied.

During the weekends, his Family, friends and scout troop worked alongside him to construct the bridges.

Humphrey said the experience taught him a lot about leadership.

“Being a leader means being flexible and teaches you to adjust when your plans don’t work. You have to help yourself to help others.”

Humphrey’s future plan is to attend college and major in Cyber Security. He said scouting has been a way of life for him since the age of 5, and he will continue to support Boy Scouts of America.

Throughout the years, two other Eagle Scout Service Projects were completed for Outdoor Recreation. They were the fire pit at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area and the Trout Falls Bridge at the campground.

 

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