I always love hearing about the projects young men choose to take on as they work toward earning the Eagle Scout rank. These projects run the gamut from community improvement projects to disaster relief and bike rodeos to hospital blankets, but they all have one very important thing in common—each is the result of significant effort by the Scout and makes an impact on those whom he serves.

I recently read an article about a service project completed by a young man from Hilltop Methodist Church’s Venture crew 9411 in Sandy, Utah. This project holds special significance to me because it involved restoring a piece of history at a state park with deep ties to my family.

This is the Place Heritage Park is dedicated to the pioneers who left their homes behind to travel west and start a new community in the Salt Lake valley and surrounding areas. A monument in the center of the park has statues of the leaders of the group and the advance party that entered the valley first. One of these men is John Pack, my great-great-great-grandfather. I spent a few days every summer at This is the Place park for the extended-family reunion held in his reconstructed home. The park has allowed me to connect with my ancestors in ways I couldn’t have otherwise.

Bravo, KayLub, for your effort to ensure this park can be a source of fun, education, and family connection for decades to come. Read Adrian’s account of the Eagle project here:

The choice of an Eagle project is always an interesting one.  Each Scout, along with his parents, his Troop leadership, and his beneficiary organization, takes the time to choose just the right project that is a good fit for him, his interests and his abilities.  Sometimes when all those factors line up, you end up with a pretty amazing project.

KayLub Martin is a member of Venture Crew 9411 here at Sandy’s Hilltop Methodist Church and he is also part of BSA Troop 10 at his Ward in Salt Lake.  So, it was kind of a joint project between the two units, which provided a lot of much-needed support for KayLub and his family for his Eagle Project.

The project KayLub ultimately decided on was a fairly ambitious one.  He decided to take an old, broken-down, 100-year old wagon and completely refurbish it on behalf of This is The Place State Park.

KayLub's Wagon Restoration

When you look at the “Before” picture, it gives you some kind of idea of the challenging scope of this project.  It’s kind of interesting to see an old wagon like this and see how the world has changed in the last 100 years.

Fortunately, they were able to scavenge four replacement wheels from another wagon, but there was an awful lot of scraping, sanding, painting, refitting and even some blacksmithing to make sure this wagon was in good enough shape to last for another 100 years.

KayLub's Eagle Project at This is The Place State Park

Even though it was a challenging project, KayLub stuck with it.  It took more than 200 hours of total labor to restore this wagon, but the results are worth it.  KayLub has his well-deserved Eagle Rank and This is the Place State Park has an additional fully-restored wagon they can add to their collection.

Congratulations KayLub on a project well done.

If you’d like to have a peek at another interesting Eagle Project, check out an earlier post I did about the Amazing One-Minute Eagle Project, where I show one of our Scouts’ day-long Eagle project in just a couple of minutes using time-lapse photography.

Adrian_Webversion_2013_04_closeupAuthor: Adrian | AdriansCrazyLife.com.  Adrian is a blogger who is passionate about helping parents with parenting tips, managing their finances, and organizing their homes. She has a full-time job in the financial industry and is part of the leadership of Troop 411 at Hilltop United Methodist Church in Sandy, UT.


Maria Milligan
Has spent several years as a merit badge counselor, several summers as a waterfront director, and her whole life wishing she could do the Pinewood Derby with her 6 brothers. She joined the Utah National Parks Council as a Grant Writer to get her chance.


  1. Adrian
    Adrian ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Maria – how wonderful they you choose to post this article today. KayLub’s Eagle ceremony will take place tonight at 7:00 and it’s his birthday week. He and his family will be so pleased that you’ve highlighted his story on his special day!

    1. Maria Milligan
      Maria Milligan ( User Karma: 2 ) says:

      Adrian – That’s fantastic! Please pass on wishes for a happy birthday and congratulations on his accomplishment from the Voice of Scouting team. Great work, KayLub!

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