Pembroke teen to set signs on conservation land for Eagle Scout project
Three years ahead of schedule, Cade Dumas of Pembroke is ready to become an Eagle Scout at 14.
All he has to do is finish his capstone project, installing signs at the edges of several conservation properties in town.
Most Boy Scouts reach the Eagle rank at 17, but Cade, a student at Three Rivers School, has been an active Scout since he was young, and set his sights on becoming an Eagle Scout early.
“Most people put it off, but it kind of became my thing that I worked toward all the time. Being an Eagle Scout, to me, when this is all done, will mean I have accomplished a long-time, so far lifelong goal,” Cade said. “I’ve been working on this since I was a kid, and it’s going to mean that I have a lot of patience and when I put my mind to it I can pretty much do anything.”
He decided four months ago to take the idea of “Boy Scouting” to heart: “If you take the word ‘scouting’ in Boy Scouts, part of it is ‘outing,’ ” he said.
He met with the town conservation commission members and asked what they could use, and the members suggested signs delineating the borders and rules of use for 10 of the conservation properties in town.
Cade presented his proposal to the Boy Scouts of America and set to raising the money, $600 in all.
The 17 signs are due from the printer soon, and he hopes to have them mounted to boards and bolted to trees by the end of the summer.
“I think it will benefit people in town because most people don’t know they’re on conservation land when they are, and they don’t always know the rules. They don’t want to go around breaking rules, but they don’t know what they are,” he said.
With one lifelong goal accomplished, Cade said he’ll stay in his troop and share his skills with other Scouts, and join the Civil Air Patrol so he can start training to join the U.S. Air Force.
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