There was a flurry of activity at the Family Resource Center last Saturday, as a number of local businesses joined forces with volunteers in a construction effort involving a children's playhouse. The playhouse represents the Eagle Scout project of Prineville's John Soules.
>The eagle scout project held over the weekend involved more than 30 volunteers who constructed a playhouse at the Family Resource Center
For those young men who pursue the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve, the process generates a deep sense of duty and service.
Soules indicated that he had become aware of the potential Eagle Scout project about four years ago saying he had seen the playground at the Family Resource Center and was impressed by their lack of equipment. Since then he realized by providing an outdoor play space, the children would benefit from the effort and he would be able to obtain his Eagle Scout rank at the same time. "I thought this would be the perfect answer," he said.
To take the project from idea to blueprints, Soules enlisted the aid of Crook County High School drafting teacher Mike Towne who helped design the structure.
"Mike Towne offered his expertise in operating a computer design program which resulted in the building plans for the playhouse," he said. After designing the building, Soules turned to securing the building supplies, which can be a arduous process.
But Soules' idea was met with much enthusiasm and local businesses quickly jumped on board. Miller Lumber, Parr Lumber of Prineville and Redmond, Hamon Roofing, Ochoco Lumber Company, Ochoco Feed, and Madras Builder's Supply donated materials, supplies and funding along with Chris Stretcher, Dan Zerbe, Allan Coxey, Garet and Coty Soules.
In this pursuit to provide the children who frequent the Family Resource Center with a place to play and even hold classes, 15-year-old Soules enlisted the aid of over 30 volunteers, including several past Eagle Scouts.
The actual completed structure is 8x10 feet and stands six feet tall. As part of the unique design, sections of whiteboard cover the inside, which allows youngsters to break the cardinal rule of not writing on walls. Here they can write, design and be creative to their hearts' content.
The playhouse, built entirely from donations of material, funds and time - will no doubt be a welcome addition to the center's facilities. Children from programs including Even Start which is a family literacy program, as well as those attending support meetings of Central Oregon Battering and Rape Alliance (COBRA) will be able to take advantage of the neat new structure.
Now that the project is complete, Soules' application for the rank of Eagle Scout will come before a board of review and from there be forwarded to the National Eagle Scouts. He indicated that he is looking forward to the formal Court of Honor which celebrates what merely one in a hundred Boy Scouts is able to achieve.