Nearly thirty volunteers ~ family, friends, fellow scouts and community members ~ joined then fourteen-year old Hayden Runyan of Edon in completing his Eagle Scout Service Project requirement. Accomplished over a five-month period last summer, Hayden spearheaded the job to raise four dugout shelter roofs at Walz Park ball fields. Every last detail of the project, from securing financial backing for materials (over twenty-four hundred dollars in donations was received from local businesses, organizations and individuals) to arranging crew shifts and workloads, was carefully planned by Hayden. Thanks to his willingness to give back to the community, this season’s teams and coaches were fully protected from spring rains, harsh summer rays and, of course, foul balls.
“This was probably the biggest project I’ve done,” said Hayden. “Planning every detail taught me a lot about leadership; how to be organized, to coordinate workers and to get donations. It was a good experience.”
Hayden, a member of Edon Troop 74, plans to earn the rank of Eagle Scout before the end of 2013. Offering him assistance and guidance over the years includes Scoutmaster Dan Ankney and Assistant Scoutmasters David Loughborough and Doug Michael.