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October 1, 2018 · OPINION

A call for better stewardship along trail at the WARF

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Some of the Warrenton Sports Complex trail markers have disappeared or fallen over.
By Mark Nesfeder

Service to others is an important part of the Boy Scout Oath: “to help other people at all times.”

Each year tens of thousands of young men strive to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout rank by applying character, citizenship and scouting values in their daily lives. One of the rank requirements is to plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to a community. Through this requirement, Boy Scouts practice what they have learned and gain valuable management and leadership experience.

Interestingly, one of the scout project restrictions and limitations is that the scout is not responsible for any maintenance of the project once it is completed. One would hope that the Eagle Scout service project beneficiary would make every effort to preserve and maintain a project so that it brings many years of use and benefit to the community.

One such local Eagle Scout project that has not fared too well is a 2011 Eagle Scout project along the Warrenton Sports Complex trail system. The sturdy steel color-coded route and distance markers, originally located every 1/10th mile, are now tattered, toppled or simply missing. Some markers have even found their way into the piles of discarded brush left on the complex perimeter.

A former town official once stated that “the stewardship of the (WARF) property is a deal of the century” and that “it will continue, whether the soccer fields, recreation center or the lake.” Lost after that town council meeting was a desire and willingness to ensure that would happen.

Let this be a reminder that our youth’s efforts to enhance our facilities and serve our community deserve better treatment.

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