Local Boy Scouts build cross-country trail
Three local Boy Scouts are organizing an effort to establish a local trail for cross country track teams.
Andrew Harris, Matt Medders and Broadford Lepik, all juniors at Walker High School, are overseeing the project as part of the certification as Eagle Scouts.
Boy Scouts of America require Eagle Scout candidates to complete an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, which must benefit a community organization other than the Boy Scouts.
“No one else has done this before, and we want to be remembered for that,” said Medders.
The local scouts are constructing the trail in a wooded area behind T.R. Simmons Elementary School. Lepik said the trail will allow Walker High School to host track meets for the first time and give local cross-country teams a safe area to practice. Walker High’s cross country track team currently runs through the city’s streets, he said.
“Out cross country team runs on dangerous streets,” Lepik said.
Harris said the trail will also be a financial asset for the city. He said each track meet will bring visitors to Jasper who will shop at local businesses.
The new trail runs through steep terrain, which Medders said is a good thing.
“It will train them well for competitions,” he said.
The project must be completed by Oct. 4, and the scouts said the project is developing nicely.
“It’s looking pretty good,” Lepik said. “We’ve had a lot of help from the community.”
Volunteers from Walker County Outreach and many local Boy Scouts have contributed tools, bottled water and labor to the project.
Assistant Scout Master Paul Kennedy said the organizers of the project still need tools and equipment. He said they are also looking for someone who can artfully craft a wooden sign for the trail.
“Mostly we need happy volunteers,” he said.