Fox Island's Troop 27 Welcomes 5 New Eagle Scouts
March 9, 2013
Cameron Allen, Colin Wilson, Nathan David, Sravan Konda and Spencer
Godfrey all of Fox Island's
Boy Scout Troop 27 have earned the Eagle Scout award, and received
their Eagle Medals in a ceremony March 9th, attended by over 100
people, and featuring keynote speaker Congressman Derek Kilmer,
PenMet Parks Executive Director Terry Lee, and others.
Eagle Scout organized volunteers to complete service projects in the Gig
Harbor & Fox Island area during 2012, including renovations to
the Fox Island Sandspit Demolay building, replacement of an aging
staircase on a beach trail, and picnic tables at the Sandspit.
Other projects included extending raised boardwalks at the Fox
Island Nature Center, and new coldframes installed at the Wilkeson
Family Farm Community Garden.
The ceremony marks the advancement of a total of 11
Eagle Scouts from Fox Island's Troop 27 in just five years.
2012 was also the 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout award, and
each of these boys received a 'Centennial Edition' of the Eagle
badge, shown above, for completing their requirements during the
centennial year. Most of the new Eagles are also members of Venturing Crew 27, a coed
Scouting group for young men and women ages 14 - 21 years old.
The Crew is planning to scale Mt. St. Helens in October, and perform
a number of other service projects in the coming year.
Cameron Allen (top left) helped renovate the Fox Island Sandspit's old Demolay
building, by removing an unsafe chimney and repairing the wall
where it once stood. The salvaged bricks were used by Nathan
David's Eagle project, where he replaced a set of rotting stairs
leading down to the beach, near the sandspit.
Sravan Konda (below)
built raised walkways for the
Fox Island Nature
Center, Spencer Godfrey built two new picnic tables for the
sandspit and Colin Wilson
built a coldframe for the Wilkeson Family farm garden in Gig Harbor.
Shown above is Eagle Scout Colin Wilson's cold frame, built for
the Wilkeson's Family Farm community garden.
To the right is Eagle Scout Sravan Konda, and the raised
boardwalk he built for the Fox Island Nature Center.
Find out more about Scouting on Fox Island for all ages of
boys at Troop27BSA.com
Fox Island Sandspit Update
Update 12/1/12: The Sandspit is now open to the
Visitors are encouraged to respect the privacy of neighbors, carry
out dog droppings and trash, and park in designated areas.
Continued public use of the property is dependent upon good
stewardship by the public, so please keep this area open by doing
your part to keep the sandspit clean and safe.
Troop 27 Boy Scouts and
Venturers are currently
working on trail improvements, brush removal and cleanup of the property and
storage buildings. Several Eagle Scout projects have been
underway at the spit recently, adding picnic tables, park benches
a new staircase to the beach, and other improvements.
About 50 people attended the PenMet Parks Board meeting on August 20th,
where they took feedback from the public regarding the
closure, and future plans for use of the property. Virtually
everyone present was supportive of keeping the spit open to the
public, except for one person.
PenMet Board member Todd Iversen
made a motion to spend money to install improved signage at the
property, to help make people aware of the private property on
either side of the spit, and the park hours & other restrictions.
Discussion took place about the main issue concerning the neighbors;
the lack of onsite parking.
PenMet is seeking some evidence of
previous parking on the upper lot at the spit property, that will
allow the use of onsite parking in the future. If you
have photos or any recollection of cars parking there, please
contact PenMet parks.
Fox Island Sandspit
Aerial Photo showing parcel boundaries
Park Host Duties &
PenMet Parks has issued an
FAQ document about the recent closure of the Fox Island
The spit property is now closed to public use except for private
parties with reservations.
If you were unable to make the meeting on August 20th, you can reach the PenMet
Board members via email at these addresses, and send your feedback
about this issue:
Fox Island Cub Scouts
Celebrates First Year
Fox Island's Pack 27 shows off their new Pack Flag (donated by
FICRA and Stan Weston) at a recent Pack Meeting at the Nichols
center. The Cubs celebrated their first year anniversary on
November 28, 2012.
Pack 27 is affiliated with
Boy Scout Troop 27,
also sponsored by FICRA.
Fox Island boys ages 7 - 10 years old are encouraged to join Pack
our Pack 27 website for more information.
|Raised Walkway Extension
Eagle Scout Project Completed
December 4, 2011
Eagle Scout Candidate
Sravan Konda of Fox Island's Troop 27 recently completed his Eagle
Scout project, at the Fox Island Nature Center.
The extension to the 2007 raised walkway project, added a new section to
the Western Loop Trail entrance.
Volunteers lay the beams that will hold up the new walkway.
Sravan and his father, attaching the final boards to the walkway.
Troop 27 Scouts Help Clean Up Fox Island Sand Spit
||On Saturday, June 11th, Boy Scouts from Fox Island's
Troop 27 organized a work party to help PenMet Parks clean up the
Sand Spit, which was recently acquired by PenMet Parks from the Tacoma Demolay organization.
With state funding approved recently during this year's legislative session,
the plans to improve the property for public use can proceed.
the property Saturday included demolishing an old swimming float, removing invasive
plant species and installing no trespassing signs at the boundaries of the
Ivy removal from the old growth cedar trees.
Scouts Cameron and Colin install a new no trespassing
sign at the southern boundary of the sand spit property.
Fox Island Celebrates Six New Eagle Scouts
April 9, 2011
As 2010 came to a close, Fox Island's own Scout Troop 27 produced its first Eagle
Scouts. Five Eagle Scouts to be exact. The five
boys completed their Eagle requirements prior to the end of
2010, the BSA's Centennial celebration year, marking 100 years
of Scouting in America. In March, a sixth Eagle, joined
them and all received their awards at the Fox Island Yacht Club on
April 9, 2011. Sponsored by FICRA, Troop 27 was formed just three
short years ago in November 2007, led by Scoutmaster John Ohlson.
The boys topped off an exciting year of Scouting in 2010,
including sleeping in snow caves, canoeing in Puget Sound,
sleeping under the stars at summer camp, and taking a trip to
Fort AP Hill, VA to participate in the 2010 National Scout
Jamboree, where they joined 40,000 other Scouts in BSA's
Each of the Scouts completed a
Community Service Project at
the Fox Island Nature Center, which involved building three
picnic areas, a raised walkway and staircase, and trail
improvement projects that creates a new trail leading to the
Nature Center's footbridge, and a new brick path at the Nature
Center's native species garden.
From left: Dallas Thornton of Fox
Island, Jesse Long
of Gig Harbor,
Max Reetz, Grant Toepfer, Jensen Bond, and Alex Ohlson
of Fox Island
all earned the special '2010 Centennial Edition' of the Eagle badge.
Only 5 percent of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle,
and of the 13 charter members of Troop 27, these six boys make up
46 percent of those who started the trail to Eagle together in Troop
27's first year.
Tony Moore, FICRA's Chartered Organization
Representative to the Troop, presented a commemorative plaque to
Troop Committee Chairman Bill Reetz, listing the names of the Eagle
Scouts who have joined the "Troop 27 Eagle Scout Honor Roll".
The plaque will be displayed in the Scouts meeting
place at the Nichols Center.
As 2011 begins, the boys have helped form Venture Crew 27, a BSA young adult
oriented youth group sponsored by FICRA, for boys and girls aged
14 - 21.
FICRA congratulates the new Eagle Scouts!
Learn more about Scouting on Fox Island at:
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