Eagle Scout candidate William Chancellor and his group of volunteers from Boy Scouts Troop 194 and the City of Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Department completed his Eagle Scout Service Project “Pleasanton River Park Memorial Bench Assembly” on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Pleasanton River Park.
The Eagle Scout Service Project, or simply Eagle Project, is the opportunity for a Boy Scout in the Boy Scouts of America to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. This is the culmination of the Scout’s leadership training, and it requires a significant effort on his part.
The project must benefit an organization other than the BSA, and it cannot be performed for an individual or a business or be commercial in nature. Completing an Eagle Project is a requirement in order for Scouts to attain the Eagle Scout rank.
Chancellor met with Greg Leach, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Pleasanton, on the development of a proposal for his service project to prepare and assemble five memorial benches at the Pleasanton River Park. The project was divided into three stages; 1) procurement of the wood, sorting and cutting; 2) Staining and drilling and 3) assembly onto metal frames and installation at the River Park.
He went in front of the Eagle Review Board on Aug. 30 where his Eagle project proposal received their approval. During the project planning and execution stages of the project, Chancellor met numerous times with his parents, Mr. Leach, Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster as well as his project mentor Joett Morrison, Assistant Scoutmaster to finalize the project plans and set the date for the project to begin.
On the morning of the project, breakfast tacos were served to the group of volunteers, then Chancellor held a meeting with the group, giving them an overview of the project, outlining the day’s activities, and discussing safety including first aid and the need to wear personal protective equipment. Safety is a big part of an Eagle Scout Service Project. Safety glasses were provided to all of the scouts and work gloves if needed. Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster of Troop 194 is trained in First Aid and was part of the volunteer team. After the completion of the project, all of the volunteers were treated to pizza.
Leach stated, “The benches are part of our overall park fundraising campaign: bricks, benches, picnic areas, and naming rights to larger amenities. Once completed, the benches will have a small brass donation plaque placed. We’re always excited to have the Boy Scouts volunteer. Our goal is to encourage a sense of community pride and ownership in the park, and no one embodies that more than the boy scouts.”
Chancellor extends his thanks and appreciation to the 13 Boy Scouts from his Troop for volunteering their time to complete his project as well as the scout parents, leaders and friends. He also extends his thanks to his parents, Will and Rhonda Chancellor, and his grandparents Linda and Bill Chancellor for their love and support.