Local Scout Young earns Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Jack Young (left) is pictured with Clear Creek Township Trustee Jay Hammel. Young restored the Clear Creek ball diamond playground as his community service project to obtain the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
Eagle Scout Jack Young (left) is pictured with Clear Creek Township Trustee Jay Hammel. Young restored the Clear Creek ball diamond playground as his community service project to obtain the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Photo provided.

Jack T. Young, 18, a senior at Huntington North High School and a member of Boy Scouts Troop 135, Huntington, received his Eagle Scout rank on Oct. 25.

Scouts seeking to attain the ranking, the highest one in Boy Scouts, must meet several requirements and plan a community service project. Young chose to help restore and make the Clear Creek ball diamond playground safe and usable again. The park had rundown equipment and was always muddy most of the baseball season due to no ground barrier.

“When I was first deciding on an Eagle Scout project I always had envisioned helping out the Clear Creek Township Park, just because I have played baseball there for eight years, and it is less than a mile away from my home, so we would go often to play as younger kids,” Young says. “The park never had a really good playground area even when I was younger, the playground was always muddy and the equipment was always broken and dangerous.”

Young helped orchestrate the mulch, install new equipment and helped restore existing equipment already at the park. He drew diagrams suggesting layouts of playground equipment that would meet the safety and spacing requirements of the state of Indiana. He also installed new swing seats and stripped what remained of the sod and removed it. Additionally, he installed a 12-inch high, ground level barrier completely around the inside of the chain link fence to keep wood chips from spilling through the fence.

Young says the most rewarding part of the project is watching his brothers play baseball and seeing younger children enjoying the playground.

“Now kids have a place to play and parents don’t have to worry about the many other things they once did,” he adds.
The Clear Creek Township Park and baseball diamond is located on the southeast corner of CR.-900N and CR-300W on six acres of land. Clear Creek Township Trustee Jay Hammel says a broken merry-go-round and bare dirt or mud caused most parents to keep their children away from the playground.

In 2016 the township unexpectedly received more than $6,500 from the state, and Hammel and the advisory board decided to use it to improve the playground in the spring of 2017. Just a few months later he met Young, who approached him about improving the park as part of the process of his earning Eagle Scout status. His timing was fortuitous, Hammel notes.

“Jack was aware of our need to improve the playground since he came to the park at times.” Hammel says. “His mother, Barb, was aware of the problem as a result of being the overseer of the concession stand at the ball games.”

Hammel applauds the scout for tackling the job, calling him very self-motivated and self-directed, taking on the responsibility to restore the playground.

“Jack is a quality young man with a heart for helping his community,” Hammel adds. “He possesses the qualities that will make a fine Eagle Scout.”