When Tyler Hagen was in elementary school, he had no idea the Cub Scouts marshmallow gun would eventually lead to new landscaping for the Lions Club.
Actually, no one did.
“We were registering for school, and the Cub Scouts had a table up,” said Hagen last week. “They had marshmallow guns that intrigued me, so we signed me up for Cub Scouts.”
After a meeting or two, Hagen learned Cub Scouting was about much more than marshmallow guns.
“I liked the camps and all the other various activities. Troop 97 was a really good group of guys,” he said.
Now a 16 year old sophomore, Hagen is about to earn his Boy Scout Eagle Scout award.
For his community project Hagen chose to upgrade a local landmark.
“I contacted the parks and rec department at the community center and asked if they had any projects I could do,” he said.
As it happened, the department was planning on doing some repairs at the 25-year old band shelter at Perk’s Park near Lake Redwood.
Originally built by the Redwood Falls Lions Club, the shelter’s back was falling apart, and could use some sprucing up.
“I liked it because it was a project I could relate to,” said Hagen. “I used to come to Perk’s Park when I was in daycare.”
After getting approval from the city council and the Boy Scouts, Hagen got the funding from the Lions Club and set to work in early September.
With help from his parents and another 10 Scouts, Hagen tore off and replaced the back wall, then gave it a new paint job.
Then came the landscaping — several new areas covered with rock, with space for new bushes.
“There was a grill on one side; we were going to put rock around it, but when we showed up we found out the city had tore it out. There was a gaping hole there,” he laughed.
The plants for the landscaping had already been chosen by the city, so all Hagen had to do was transplant them to the correct spot.
Now that the shelter is finished, the hard work begins.
“The physical work is done. Now I just need to fill out all the paperwork,” he laughed.