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Scout helps improve SCV Senior Center

Posted: October 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Saugus High School senior Thomas Callier stands by the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall. The member of Scout Troop 228 recently spent a year upgrading pathways around the center as part of his project for the Eagle Scout rank, a high Boy Scout honor.

Saugus High School senior Thomas Callier, a member of Scout Troop 228, has been working on his Eagle Scout project for the past year at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall.

His project includes the improvement of a walkway that ran around one of the administrative buildings. The walkway acts as a path around the building and provides a path to safety from the emergency exits out the rear of the building.

The previous path was uneven dirt with stepping stones set unevenly and inconsistently. Most of the stones were protruding from the ground an inch or two and presented significant tripping hazards, particularly because many of the volunteers who worked in the building are senior citizens.

Callier’s project entailed removing the existing stones, digging out a narrow pathway, setting in redwood benderboard, laying in multiple layers of decomposed granite and pounding it down to be solid.

In July, more than 35 volunteers made up of family members, Scouts, parents and family friends showed up at the center to help Callier finish his project in eight hours, far quicker than he projected.

“The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center could not be more appreciative of the intergenerational support we have been receiving from local Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts USA through projects to improve the safety, function and overall beauty of the SCV Senior Center,” said Interim Executive Director Tanya Marshall.

Callier received a $200 donation from Santa Clarita GRANDS, Giving Respect and Nurturing to Deserving Seniors, private donations, and material discounts from Lowe’s in Saugus and American Building Supply on Soledad Canyon Road.

The completion of this project is one of the last requirements for Callier before he is awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

“Thomas spent a year, nearly 100 volunteer hours,  planning, coordinating, obtaining plan approvals and executing his project,” Marshall said. “The finished product is a beautiful and professional improvement to our supportive services building offering a safer and wider exit, ample storage and a nice patio area for enjoying the outdoors.”


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