2013 Eagle Scout candidates implementing environmental programs to achieve scouting's highest rank.
Dubai, UAE June 2013: Four of this year's BSA Eagle Scout candidates have chosen to contribute to the UAE's environmental vision for the future by choosing eco-friendly projects as a key part of earning the prestigious Eagle rank.
While scouts are free to choose any project that is contributing to the community, Curran Hickey, Ray Braun, Christian Hickey and Ryan Butler chose to base their efforts on supporting the environment of the UAE. As part of the requirements the projects must also be something that will continue to provide benefits into the future.
Ryan, Christian and Ray worked closely with EcoPlastics Industries a local provider of extremely durable products made from recycled plastics. In an effort to support the local marine life, Ryan and his team of scouts constructed and sank six, 600 kilo reef balls that in time will create a new marine eco-system off the coast of Fujairah.
Christian and Ray focused their projects on solving more immediate issues they identified in the community. Christian's team built large benches from the recycled plastic material to be placed outside three of the entrances to their school. The benches provide a place for students, faculty and parents to sit especially during the pick-up and drop-off times so they do not have to sit on the cement or bullards and promote safety by encouraging students to stay further from erratic traffic. Ray also worked with EcoPlastics to build picnic tables and benches for the Dubai Little League (DLL) baseball complex which provide much needed seating and dining space.
Curran worked with Dulsco who specialize in waste management and promote recycling in the UAE and Qatar. In his ten years participating in DLL baseball, he realized that there were many materials being generated at the fields not being recycled. Working with Dulsco he was able to source large bins and build a recycling center and education program at DLL.
President of DLL, Greg Sproule commented, 'We are very proud that the scouts in our community are helping us all to make choices that contribute to a more sustainable environment. Curran and Ray created a recycling program and provided the tables for DLL that not only contributes to the community but will continue to do so for many years to come'.
All projects are sponsored in part by the local business community including SUBWAY™ Restaurants, PepsiCo, Kids First Medical Center and Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance with additional monies being earned by the scouts through fund-raising events.