by Lisa Tome
Adam Parrett is elevating Rising Sun's Triangle Park to new heights.
Parrett, 17, a Boy Scout with Troop 143, has been charged with the task of building raised boardwalks in the wetlands area of the park. Already, he has spent four days working on site and expects to wrap up the work with another day or two on site.
Parrett, the son of Jim and Caroline Parrett of Rising Sun, is doing the work as a requirement to become an Eagle Scout, boy scouting's highest honor. His work is one of three scout projects taking place in Triangle Park.
Completing an Eagle project is a huge challenge. Scouts have to come up with extensive plans and earn approvals, get donations, and oversee volunteers. So far, nearly 50 volunteers - fellow scouts, friends, and family - have helped with the work. Parrett received donations from the Rising Sun Lions Club, Sons of American Legion Post 194, VFW Post 8185, Ladies Auxiliary of Post 8185, Pat's Pizza, Dr. Joseph Weidner, and Perryville Lions Club.
Parrett said despite the help, there was a stumbling block. An early plan had the town obtaining utility poles for Parrett to use for the work. That plan did not come to fruition and he had to come up with an alternative.
He said through this project he has learned "do not procrastinate." "I had been planning this for about a year. It was slow getting materials," said Parrett.
"This taught me how to be a better leader and taught me how to tell people what to do. Scouts are not supposed to use power tools (with Eagle Scout projects) and that makes it take a little longer," he said.
He plans to wrap up the project by the end of this month and collect his Eagle in June. He is then heading to West Virginia University where he will study mechanical engineering. In addition to scouting, Parrett is also a pole vaulter with the Rising Sun High School track team. He is also a member of the school's Service Club.