Eagle Scout builds pavilion at Peters Township park
As a nearby resident who often visits Peters Lake Park, Matt Grzyb made an observation one day.
“On a hot day, the only shade is under the trees.”
And so for his Eagle Scout Service Project, the 14-year-old member of Troop 1320 decided to construct a pavilion as a place where parkgoers can take a break for the sun and perhaps enjoy lunch.
Matt, who will be a freshman at Peters Township High School, led a team of fellow Scouts and members of his family to complete the project in three days. In preparation, he put together a foam model of what the pavilion was going to look like.
“It helped people to understand where everything was, and I could point to it and describe it,” he explained. “For the community, I made a board out of plywood and put posters on it about what I was doing.”
Helping the cause were his parents, Dave and Jenny; sister, Chloe; and brother, Joe, who is familiar with Eagle projects at Peters Lake Park: Three years ago, he built a dock on the lake to facilitate fishing.
As part of his project, Matt asked for donations from local businesses, and 84 Lumber responded with supplies. Also making contributions to help the cause were Heisler’s Market, Fresh Market and Trax Farms.
Matt, who became an Eagle Scout in early August, said he appreciates the opportunities afforded by his involvement.
“It teaches you the little things in life that not many people know. Each merit badge” – he has earned 84 of them – “teaches me a new skill that I wouldn’t have known otherwise.”
Michele Harmel, Peters Township’s parks and recreation director, wholeheartedly welcomed the new amenity.
“We always feel very honored and happy when Scouts come to us and want to do something to benefit the community,” she said. “It’s great to work with them when they’re making improvements that the rest of the community can enjoy.”