18 May 2002
Good morning, sailors! It's 8 bells in the a.m. - time to heave out
of that hammock and face the Bo'sun. Today is his Eagle Scout service
project at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in York. I know you've been
up for nearly 48 hours straight on your Armed
Forces Day tour of Washington, D.C., but if you're going to hoot with
the owls at night, you'd better be prepared to fly with the Eagles at
dawn! I don't care if it's raining. If the Marines in dress
blues can direct traffic in the pouring rain in D.C. as if it's nothing out
of the ordinary, Sea Scouts from Ship 25 can certainly turn to on an Eagle
project with the same attitude!
At the church, the Bo'sun, aka Adam, was echoing the Skipper's
encouraging sentiments. "It's simple," said he.
"We're making a path. All you have to do is dig a trench 4 feet
wide, six inches deep, and one hundred miles long to connect the church
parking lot with the memorial garden." "Swell," said
we. "Then we'll fill it in with crusher waste at a later
date. Besides," said he. "The recent rain has turned
the dirt to absolute muck, so it will only be 10 times as heavy and messy as
if it hadn't rained at all." Thus inspired, the Ship's company
turned to with a will. The dirt was soon flying in every direction,
and a heated competition ensued between the Union Pacific Railroad headed
west from one end and the Central Pacific Railroad headed east from the
other end. In the vicinity of Promontory Point, a golden spike was
driven (well, not really - but it makes the story sound better) and the
Bo'sun directed us to knock off and splice the main brace over pizza and
soda. Amanda Rose showed up with chocolate chip cookies and brownies
she had just baked for the crew. Way to go, Amanda!
We put away our rakes, shovels, hoes, and wheel barrows, went home,
scrubbed up, put on our saltiest-looking uniforms, and headed off to
Sheaffer's Eagle investiture ceremony. Does Ship 25 know how to do
action-packed weekends, or what?
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Sea Scout Tim displays a piece of coal found in the digging, while the rest
of the crew ignores him and gets on with the job at hand.
Chris Sheaffer, center, loads up the wheel barrow. Two hours later he
will receive his own Eagle Scout award at his own church. Thanks for
helping out on such an important day for you. That's what makes a real
Chris, left, confers with the Bo'sun, right - driving the wheel
barrow. Isaiah and Tim bend to their oars in the background.
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