Swanton Scout project beautifies stadium

Swanton High School junior Chase Avalos has a passion for both scouting and football. His Eagle Scout project allowed him to combine both, and at the same time improve the look of the football stadium.

Avalos has played football since he was in third grade, and joined Cub Scouts when he was six years old. “Chase’s passion is football – he absolutely loves the game, so for him to be able to do an Eagle Scout project that helps support football and something he loves was exciting,” said his mother, Christy Avalos.

It was at a Swanton Athletic Boosters meeting that the idea for sprucing up the area around the scoreboard at David Hansbarger Stadium came up. “When I got home I was talking to my family about the meeting, and Chase asked if I thought that would be a good Eagle project,” Christy Avalos said. They agreed that it would be, and the plan was set in motion.

“I have always loved football, and I thought if I was going to do a big project it might as well be about something I love,” said Chase, a member of Troop 208 in Swanton.

He presented the plan to the Boosters and they agreed to fund the project and let him take charge. He also had to get approval from the school district and Boy Scouts before the project could begin.

But just before he could get started a hurdle popped up.

“I broke my leg the night before we started the physical labor at the Start Scrimmage,” Chase said. “I wasn’t able to do as much as I wanted to, physically. My friends really helped me complete this project.”

Chase and an army of volunteers completed the project over two phases. First, the bricks were set the day after the scrimmage against Start High School. Then, over the next 10 days, the area was filled with dirt, flowers were planted, and mulch added.

Football players, friends, Boy Scout leaders, and members helped complete the project along with several Booster members, Chase said. It is estimated to have taken approximately 140 man hours to complete the project.

Help came not only in the form of labor, but from local businesses. Alan Schmidt of Schmidt Brothers, Inc. brought a back hoe to fill in dirt, and the company donated mums for the project. Tri-County Block and Brick gave a discount on the bricks, and Total Package Landscape donated the mulch.

“The scoreboard project done by Chase Avalos was a major step in the beautification to our football stadium and was a welcome set as we continuously work to improve all of our facilities here at Swanton High School,” said Wade Haselman, athletic director.

Although Chase still has a Board of Review, and must have paperwork approved before becoming an Eagle Scout, his project has already made an impact.

“The project was much harder than I thought it would be, but it was very rewarding to help make a positive impact in the Village of Swanton,” Chase said.

Chase Avalos, right, oversees work on the garden under the football scoreboard.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2015/11/web1_Avalas-Eagle-scout.jpgChase Avalos, right, oversees work on the garden under the football scoreboard.

Volunteers work on the scoreboard project.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2015/11/web1_Eagle-scout1.jpgVolunteers work on the scoreboard project.


By Drew Stambaugh

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