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Scout to restore gazebo at Hartley Park

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Everyone has heard of the Girl Scouts-if for no other reason than the cookies we all love, but one of the less often talked about groups are the Boy Scouts. For those who aren’t familiar with the scout programs, it offers an opportunity for young people to learn skills and earn badges for completing projects. 

For 15-year old Logan Wynkoop and his dad George, scouts have been a part of their lives for the last eight years. “I joined cub scouts when I was in first or second grade,” shared Logan. “I’ve been with him the whole time,” laughed George. “I’m retired military. We actually started at Whiteman air-force base. When we retired we moved down here and crossed over into Boy Scouts.” 

Logan’s current ranking is Life Scout and is spending part of his summer working to complete a community service project to get his Eagle. His goal: restore the gazebo and picnic table at Hartley Park on Clay Street in Marshfield. 

“The gazebo was built by another Boy Scout, I think it was in 1992. It’s kind of going into disrepair and I want to fix it up and paint it,” shared Logan. “Basically all around the bottom the wood is rotted,” added George. “He wants to get it fixed up before it falls all the way apart. They have a stone over there with the original scouts name and we just didn’t want it to go down hill.”

“We have our meetings over there sometimes,” shared George. “We clean up the park, pick weeds, straighten up. Over the years it’s gotten really bad and he (Logan) has been pointing it out for years that he always wanted to redo that (the gazebo).”

To pay for the project, Logan has organized a car wash. “It will be July 17 from 12 -3:00 p.m.,” shared Logan. The car wash will be held at O’Reillys in the parking lot. “I think the project is going to cost around $1,000. The car wash will be donation, so whatever we can raise. And I’ll fork out the rest,” laughed George.

“The project itself will be done on July 29-31,” shared George. “He is trying to get his Eagle, but he wanted to do a project that would help the city a little plus show respect to the scout that did it 30 years ago.” The current plan is to salvage whatever wood they can and replace the rest. “What we are going to do is replace the rotten wood. Anything we can salvage we will wire brush. We will prime it and paint it. We will do the same with the picnic table and then stain it a dark brown,” detailed George.

If you would like to support this project bring your car through the car wash on Sunday, July 17 at O’Reillys in Marshfield from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can have your car washed or make a cash donation. If you are interested in getting your child involved with scouts meetings are on Tuesdays at the Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m.

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