The Daily Item
WATSONTOWN — Derek Grose, son of Kellie and Chip Grose, of Watsontown, will receive his Eagle Scout award on May 4 United Methodist Church in Watsontown. He is a member of Watsontown Boy Scout Troop 610, which meets weekly at the United Methodist Church.
To earn the highest rank in scouting, Grose has earned 23 merit badges, served as a leader in his troop and completed a major community service project. Derek’s Eagle Scout project was to benefit the Warrior Run Pathways Project, which is a walk, run and bike trail on the old canal bed that parallels the Susquehanna River in Watsontown.
His Eagle Scout project extended the pathway another 500 feet from 10th Street to behind the West Milton State Bank. Grose felt this would be a good way to help the Warrior Run Pathways Committee and give to his community. He said, “It would be a great place for everyone in the community to enjoy a nice walk or a place to get some exercise by running or riding bike”.
Grose organized the entire project with guidance from his father. This project took him months from start to finish. He had to fill out all the necessary paperwork through the scouts to get approval for his project. Once his project was approved, he met with members of the Warrior Run Community Corporation, the Watsontown Borough, he had to gain the necessary government approvals, he typed up letters to mail out and made many phone calls asking for volunteers and donations to help with the project’s completion. Grose worked very hard and diligently on his Eagle Scout project. The leadership skills he displayed during his project where very commendable. He had to manage the clearing and resurfacing of the path, as well as direct the volunteers of their duties. His project was completed on Nov. 12, 2012.
Grose began his scouting career at age 6 when he became a Wolf with Pack 3610 in Watsontown. He is now 16 and attends Warrior Run High School in Turbotville. As a sophomore, he is a member of the Warrior Run boys soccer team and plays club soccer for Super Nova out of Hershey. He also enjoys track and field and is an honor student. Grose sees his future in civil engineering or physical therapy.