Troop 52 Boy Scouts and the Cotuit Kettleers – A Dynamic Combination
Ian Cole has been a scout since the first grade and scouting has greatly influenced his life. As a member of Boy Scout Troop #52 in Cotuit, he is attempting to meet the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout, an achievement only four out of one hundred scouts achieve. Troop 52 believes strongly in helping the community and they have a fantastic relationship with the Kettleers and the village.
One of the requirements for earning the Eagle rank is planning, leading and executing a project that benefits a community organization. Ian recently spoke with Kettleers General Manager Bruce Murphy about his idea, and Murphy connected him with Alan Blanchette of the Cotuit Athletic Association to discuss possibilities. Ian followed up by attending a Cotuit Athletic Association meeting to briefly explain his idea to the entire Association and received permission to move forward with his plan.
The project was then presented to the local Scout Council for approval. Everyone that Ian worked with was extremely helpful and now he’s ready to begin!
Ian’s project will be focused in the area around the scoreboard and flagpole in the deep part of Lowell Park outside the centerfield fence. He plans to install a stone area around the flagpole replicating the design of the path behind the home bleachers, build a bench under the scoreboard and install some planters by the posts. In general, the goal is to beautify the area in a simple, tasteful manner in keeping with all that is already great about Lowell Park.
Ian plans to raise the funds necessary to complete the project and anything leftover will be donated to the Kettleers. The work shouldn’t take too long as Ian has many experienced friends in the troop who are willing to assist him.
It is Ian’s goal to be completely finished with the project before the players arrive for the start of the season in early June. You can expect that Troop #52 scouts, leaders and families along with other volunteers will be tackling the project on weekends during the month of May.
For Ian the completed project will mean more than just becoming an Eagle Scout. Ian represents the 3rd generation of his Osterville family to passionately support and follow the Kettleers each and every season. After all when his grandfather passed away there was a Kettleers cap on his coffin during his farewell service.
“I appreciate the opportunity the Kettleers community has given me to tackle this project and I thank everyone who helped me get to this point,” said the young Osterville resident. “It’s my hope that when Troop #52 presents the colors at the home opener, the project will be viewed as a welcome addition to what is already an amazing and beautiful baseball field. And, most importantly, I hope it brings a little luck on the way to another Cape League championship for the Kettleers!”