“Every season, the area around the water station would become a huge mud hole.”
That is the explanation Patrick Redoutey, a junior at Northwest High School, gives when asked the reason for choosing the water station at Northwest Local School District Athletic Fields for his Eagle Scout Service Project.
Since Patrick needed to get approval from the school district in order to make this project a reality, he approached Northwest Athletic Director, Dave Frantz, with the idea a couple years ago.
“When Patrick came to me with the idea,” Frantz said, “I saw it as a win-win. The district would benefit, the kids would have the opportunity for community service, and Patrick would learn from it, too. And, all of them would have something to show their children in the future.”
The proposal was then presented to and approved by the athletic committee. The project was delayed for a period of time because Patrick was swamped with schoolwork, extra-curricular activities, and scouting.
This past May, however, Patrick sought final approval from the Tecumseh District Advancement Committee, requested donations, and recruited volunteers for the project.
The first workday was Saturday, June 11. Patrick was pleased to see people from his troop, his high school soccer team, his friends, and his family show up to help. The volunteers included Nick Hicks, Jeremiah Bruch, Drew Long, and Evan Throckmorton from the soccer team, Andrew Jordan, Ben Shinkle, Chase McClay, and Marty Smith II from Boy Troop 44, as well as Bryan and Hope Bruch, Paul Redoutey, Reg Redoutey, and Patrick’s parents.
Patrick also received donations from the Northwest Band Boosters, the Northwest Soccer Boosters, and several individuals. The crew worked three days and clocked 160 hours to complete the project, which included digging a 40’ ditch and installing drain tile, plus mixing and pouring a cement pad around the water station.
On June 26, 2017, Patrick met Mr. Frantz at the water station to seek Mr. Frantz’s approval of his crew’s work. Mr. Frantz was pleased with the final product.
“This is a great project,” Frantz said. “It benefits the district and the community, because it serves so many. Our youth soccer and football teams, junior high football teams, both high school soccer teams, and the band use that water station. It also brought a diverse group of people together to work on a project for the benefit of hundreds of our kids, now and in the future.
Not only did Patrick have members of his scout troop there, he also had current and former members of our men’s soccer team helping. I think that’s amazing and shows what our community is all about. This project was a great service to Mohawk Nation and is something these boys can be proud of.”
Patrick and his fellow teammate, Chase McClay, passed their Eagle Board of Review on Friday, June 30, 2017. A National Eagle Court of Honor was held for them on Sunday, August 27, 2017.