Local Scouts complete Eagle
project for teen who was killed
Stonewood Park was one of Harry Schenck's favorite places to go and
Harry loved to watch
the animals in the park, and he wanted others to be able to do the
same. To earn his Eagle Scout badge, the 16-year-old was planning to
build a wetland observatory in the park, a massive wood-plank
structure where people could come to enjoy nature.
Harry's dream is coming
A junior at Central
York High School, he was killed in April when he lost control of his
car and crashed into a tree. But this weekend, Harry's family,
friends from school and fellow Boy Scouts put the finishing touches
on the project that Harry had planned with the help of his
grandfather, an engineer.
"The boys came and
decided they wanted to do this," said Harriett Schenck, Harry's
mother. "Harry had helped them with their Eagle Scout projects.
His will be done."
The boys camped out two
nights at Stonewood, starting Friday, and planned to spend most of
the daylight hours working on the observatory all day Saturday and
part of yesterday -- with a break for Sunday-morning services. More
than 150 participated, roughly half of them members of five area Boy
Several groups donated
materials for the observatory as well as provisions for the Scouts'
The goal of the weekend
was to build "a place these guys can come to and think about
Harry," said Marty Strine, Harry's Scout leader. "We try
to teach the guys the value of giving back."
"There's a lot of
favors being returned," said Bill Schenck, Harry's father.
Harriett Schenck said Stonewood was a fitting location for her son's
memorial because of his affinity for nature. She talked of a gentle,
animal-loving boy who spent a lot of his free time at the park near
his family's Springettsbury Township home.
"He would not even
kill an ant in our house," Harriett Schenck said. "He
would take it outside. This park was very close to our home, so he
would come here and play during the summer."
Luke Rhoads, 17, one of
Harry's closest friends, said the project was a lot of hard work,
but it was fun, too. Still, he acknowledged, it was a bittersweet
"It's hard because
it makes you think: I see his dad and his mom and the rest of his
family, and then I look around for him and he's not there,"
The above article is from The York Dispatch website on 28 July 2003 at http://www.yorkdispatch.com/Stories/0,1413,138%257E10021%257E1538130,00.html
Ship 25 turned out to assist in the completion of Harry's project and set up
their campsite on Friday night.
Troop 25 was also there in force.
What joint troop/ship encampment would be complete without Mr. Al Miller's circus
tent for a headquarters?
Saturday morning overall project coordinator Mary Strine, ASM Troop 25,
prepares to hand out the work assignments for the weekend.
ASM's Rhoads and Nelson whip up a great breakfast of sausage and blueberry
pancakes. That gave everyone the energy to go out and do what needed
to be done.
Troop 20's Leaders Tom Kearney, Mike Wiest, and ? finish breakfast.
ASM Brenneman samples the pancakes to be sure they are up to the usual high
Sea Scout Prospect Steve, ?, Boatswain's Mate Greg, Charter Rep Ben Bailey,
Zach, and friends finish breakfast and prepare to "turn to" on the
work at hand.
Troop 20 also gladly assisted with Harry's project. Here Troop 20 ASM Tom
Kearney puts in a plug for his favorite breakfast tea. Sea Scout ships
from as far away as Delaware also volunteered to help, but were simply
thanked and held in reserve as we already had over 100 local family,
friends, and sea and land Scouts on the scene.
?, Mack, Scoutmaster Jim Walters, and ? run the saw department.
The wetland area was edged with fresh mulch.
Even the smallest Scouts turned out to help. Here Dustin moves a
wheelbarrow of mulch that probably weighed more than he did.
Creation of the 20 large decking sections was made uniform by the use of
Ship 25 Committee Chairman Wes Garrod waves to your roving Sea Scout Action
Tom Kearney reports the Project Admin Department manned and ready.
"I can't hammer a nail, " said he, "but I can try
manslaughter cases with no problem. I guess they put me where I'd do
the least damage."
? from Troop 25 lays the chalk line down the centerline of the bridge
Skipper Kain's "Mulch Masters" warm to their task.
Sea Scout prospect John decides that wading in the swamp is more fun
without shoes. Boatswain's Mate Greg wonders if that's really a good
Sea Scout prospect John and Boatswain's mate Greg ensure the bridge
stringers are ready for the soon-to-arrive decking sections.
"Look Ma! No Hands!"
"Oh well - time to get serious again."
Isaiah, ?, Danny, and Matt put the finishing touches on one of the twenty
decking sections used to bridge the wetland.
Sea Scout prospect John (middle) and friends move one of the decking
sections to the final assembly area. Each section weighted several
Luke, ASM ?, and Scoutmaster Walters take a break at the saw mill.
Sea Scout Prospect John also takes a break. Even though at first
glance he might appear to be slacking, close observation of his boots shows
he has been doing his full duty as a member of the "swamp rats"
carrying decking sections into place in the wetland.
Gradually the "Mulch Masters" reallocated the giant mulch piles
into place along the paths.
A view of the wetland's octagonal viewing area nearing completion.
Harry's older sister Hillary Schenck puts the finishing touches on the
special memorial sections of decking boards.
The observation octagon is nearly complete.
The pathway through the wetland gives observers the chance to view and appreciate
the miracle that is a wetland.
The gatekeepers of the mulch path.
The bridge across the wetland is nearly complete.
A member of Skipper Kain's "Mulch Masters" squad hauls mulch to
the interior of the wetland patch.
Raking out the mulch to a uniform 2" depth.
The turnout to the observation octagon.
Two of the younger members of the project crew take a break and explore the
stream that feeds the wetland.
One of the final decking sections is slid into place.
"Okay, now lads. Need to lift the corner just a bit.
That's the way! Perfect fit." Former Troop 25 Scoutmaster
Steve Coates at left.
The "Swamp Rats" at work.
Being a "Swamp Rat" is not a job for the overly fastidious.
Crew Leader John Strine takes an unexpected break during the placement of
one of the deck sections over the wetland. A true professional, he
keeps his drill above water at all times. Photo
courtesy of roving Sea Scout Action News photographer Tim Barefoot
Marty Strine expresses satisfaction with the progress so far. "We
WILL get the decking finished TODAY!"
The final deck section is in place and ramped up with mulch.
At Saturday night's campfire, there was much singing and laughter just as
Harry would have wanted. However, there was also time to reflect
on why we had gathered together this weekend. Ship 25's Skipper
presented Harry's dad, Bill Schenck, with a membership card proclaiming
Harry J. Schenck a permanent honorary member of SSS YORKSHIRE - Ship
25. In this photo, Ship and Troop Committee Member Bev Yoe presents to
Harry's parents a certificate that a star has been officially named in
As the campfire concluded, we all filed silently along the newly-completed
decking and walkway and its octagon lit by torch light. Skipper Kain
recalled Lady Baden-Powell's words at the 11th World Jamboree in 1963:
"Welcome, Well Done, Well Go"
Sunday morning we had a church service and then completed installing the
final touches to the project - hand rails along the decking sections.
Here the Ship 25 crew rests at the end of very special weekend:
Boatswain Leah, Cabin Boy Mack, SEAL Specialist Matt, and Storekeeper
With the work done, it was time for the Ship 25 crew to get back to deeper
water. What better place to do this than Committee Chairman Wes
Garrod's new indoor pool at Garrod Hydraulics, our winter meeting place.
Matt, Leah, and Isaiah enjoying the indoor pool at Garrod Hydraulics.
Thanks, Mr. Chairman!
Next it was on to Leah's place to help her weed out defective paint ball
pellets from her paint ball ammunition collection. Discretion called
for hosing off the water soluble mess from her driveway before her mother
got home. It's also worth noting that Paint Ball is not a Sea Scout
activity, as it is not approved by the Guide to Safe Scouting. The weekend
ended with the Ship's company going to view a great sea movie: Pirates of
the Caribbean. We think Harry would have enjoyed the weekend