BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — Sean Scaggs, a member of Brunswick Boy Scout Troop 517, recently reached the rank of Eagle Scout with a project the entire community can enjoy.
The 16-year-old constructed a bridge for the Medina County Park District.
“We had a primitive trail constructed in the back of the property at Plum Creek Park. It’s not something that’s on the maps yet, and we were looking to try to connect that trail to our existing trail system,” said Jim Spetz, natural resource manager for the park district.
“In order to do that, we needed a 20-foot-long bridge.”
Sean worked with Spetz to design the bridge. The park district provided the wood for the project while Sean gathered the rest of the materials.
“Sean designed the bridge with some input from us and had some plans approved and got in there and constructed the bridge for us,” said Spetz.
Scaggs was officially recognized as an Eagle Scout this past January.
“It feels like a good life achievement to make,” Sean said. “Going through Scouts, I just always saw people getting the Eagle and how much it made them happy and I wanted to do that do so I started to push myself more to get it.”
He pushed himself to get to the high rank by the age of 16 because he saw a fellow Scouts who waited until they were 17 and felt pressed for time when it came to completing their projects before turning 18. He started gathering materials in the fall 2017 and construction on the bridge began in March 2018 and it was completed in July.
His decision to build a bridge was a personal one.
“Throughout my life I’ve been a hiker,” Sean said.
He also loved bridges as a kid. His love for hiking, his interest in bridges and his desire to take on a challenge prompted him to take on the challenge.