Submitted by Jennifer Sparrow Snorf
What Scout doesn’t like being outside, either to play, work or learn?
When Gary Snorf and A.J. Snorf were thinking about what to do for their respective Eagle projects, they realized they both had that same thought as well as wanting to give back to Oak Grove School, the K-8 school in Green Oaks. A.J. and Gary are members of Troop 194, which is chartered to the PTO of Oak Grove School, Green Oaks.
Gary Snorf, 15, a sophomore at Libertyville High School, started working on his project on June 18. With a dedicated team of 27 volunteers who put in over 119 hours, he cleared out a 45-foot-by-45-foot area of buckthorn, weeds, and debris that had been tossed in a wooded area on the school’s property. With the past summer’s heat, workdays were shortened or delayed, but with the arrival of a Bobcat (from Busse Landscaping, with Lee Haak driving), the hardest physical labor was finished. Installing timbers (Home Depot of Vernon Hills) and spreading 6 inches of wood chips (Branch Office) was quick work. Native plants were donated by members of the Green Oaks Garden Club, topsoil donated by Ace Hardware and mulch by the Marquard family. Gary’s project was finished on Sept. 25.
A.J. Snorf, 17, a junior at Libertyville High School, started building prototypes of benches on June 15. After building two samples, he decided on a third for stability and relative ease of building. A.J. and his team of 21 volunteers spent over 187 hours of measuring, measuring a second time, cutting, drilling, gluing and sanding 10 benches and one table/podium. A.J. needed to wait until Gary’s project was finished to determine just how many benches would fit into the space. Good thing he waited because Gary’s space grew an additional 5-feet-by-5-feet from his proposal — thanks to the power of a Bobcat. Donations of goods came from Home Depot and Lowe’s (both of Vernon Hills), and Ace Hardware. Installation was completed on Nov. 21.
The Two Eagles’ Nest (Room #TEN), was built for Oak Grove and the surrounding community. A.J. and Gary just ask that everyone who uses it, leave it in better condition than they found it. Otherwise, apply “Leave No Trace” principles.
Any not-for-profit or community organization that would like to find out if their needs match the scope of a possible Eagle project should send a request outlining project needs to
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