Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest and oldest, youth development organizations. BSA focuses on building character, responsibility, developing personal fitness and overall helping to build productive future leaders.
Kyle Miller, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 4212, has been in Boy Scouts since the age of 11, and Cub Scouts prior to that. Miller is now at the peek of his scouting career, striving for Eagle Scout rank. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable of Boy Scouts of America. To earn this honor the scout must complete an Eagle Scout Project before his 18th birthday. Miller turns 18 Tuesday, Aug. 18.
“The Eagle Scout Project is any project that benefits the community,” said David Seigrist, Troop 4212 Committee Chairman.
Miller selected a project that has already proven itself to be of great benefit to the Altus community; the beautification of Cole Heights Park, better known to some as Missile Park.
“I picked this project because, as a skater, I wanted to improve the look of the skate park and its surroundings and make it more welcoming for parents and their kids,” said Miller.
Miller understands that the graffiti and overall look of the equipment around the skate park made parents feel that it was an unsafe place for their kids, and he wanted to change that. So he did some painting.
“The colors that was on the equipment conducted heat, rather than reflecting it. So, to reduce heat related injuries, I picked colors that will reflect heat,” said Miller.
Miller was the Project Manager for his Eagle Scout Beautification Project of Missile Park. It was Miller’s responsibility to research, plan, gather resources, request volunteers and equipment, and raise funds, as well as lead the team of volunteers at the work site.
Completion of this project took approximately 35 volunteers, 350 man hours, along with nearly $1,350 in materials and supplies.
Charlie Miller, the proud dad of Kyle Miller and Scout Master of Troop 4212, was also a scout in his youth.
“I didn’t make it to the pinnacle of scouting as Kyle has, but I was pushing him to make sure he got this done,” said Charlie Miller.
Theresa Jameson expressed gratitude on behalf of Altus Parks and Recreation for Miller taking on this project, and explained how it has already had a positive impact on the community and families that frequent Missile Park.
“I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped, the business and individuals that donated to this project, either financially or with supplies,” Miller said. “Without the support of all involved, this project would not have been possible to complete. I also look forward to erecting the final piece of this project; the banner that will list all of those that contributed to its success.”
Donors included: Sherwin Williams, Fox Lumber and Supply, Ace Hardware, Action Pawn, Crown Jewelry, Yellow Rose, Burgener’s Transport, Papa John’s, Wilmes-Ford, Kenny’s Signs and Graphics, Dean Minnick, Teresa Barnes, Jerry Coplin, and the Scouts and parents of Boy Scout Troop 4212 and the Miller’s.
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