Ryan Flynn is following his his two older brothers' footsteps, who are both eagle scouts.
Flynn, 16, of Nanuet, is currently in the fundraising portion of his Eagle Scout project, in which he’s going to build two horseshoe pits behind the Pearl River Elks Lodge. The previous pit was washed away due to flooding.
“Mine will be in a spot a bit higher up and further away to avoid any flooding,” he said.
Flynn presented his project to the Nanuet Civic Association Thursday night, and the group voted unanimously to donate $100 to his project. During a break in the meeting, his collection jar was passed around so he ended up leaving with a bit more than $100 as well.
On his Eagle Scout Display board, he wrote:
I plan to lead willing members of my community in building horseshoe pits at the Pearl River Elks Lodge. After meeting with the Elks Lodge Manager Mr. Pat Toal, it was agreed that we would clear and trim brush and trees from a suitable area behind the bar for the horseshoe pits to be built in the newly cleared space.
At the Elks request, I also agreed to restore or replace their welcome sign at the main entrance. The Elks lodge is home to many important events including many scouting events and this service project willbe a great addition to the Elks Lodge.
The project should take about eight days to complete, Flynn estimates, and before Thursday’s meeting he was about halfway through his $1,000 fundraising goal. He’s hoping to finish the fundraising and actually start the building of the pits in about two weeks.
He’ll build the pits with some fellow scouts and anyone else who wants to volunteer their time. He said anyone looking to donate their time or money to the project can email him at RyanRocks950@aol.com.
This is Ryan’s sixth year in scouts, which he said both of his older brothers did and his younger sister is currently doing.
“I love what all the scouts do,” he said. “It’s a blast all the different kinds of thing we learn. We get to go on cool camping trips and a lot of my friends are in scouts. It’s something I think I’ll push my kids to do too.”