, Derry, New Hampshire

October 10, 2013

Derry Scout takes on Low land for Eagle project

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Boy Scouts in Derry Troop 405 are flying high like Eagles.

Troop 405 is one of the area’s oldest, have enjoyed Eagle Scout success for many years with many projects still used by the community, including trails, benches, bridges, special historical projects and town beautification.

A recent project gives the Low conservation property a new trail system.

Tyler Pascucci, 17, aimed toward his Eagle project and took on the 150-acre Low land. He worked this summer on the property’s trail system, creating new trails and marking them so visitors can find their way around the land easier.

The Pinkerton Academy senior presented his official Eagle Scout plan to Conservation Commission members back in May and spent months working at property to get the job done. He hosted a tour of the property and his project for Conservation Commission members earlier this summer.

Since Scouting includes a large amount of outdoor activities like camping, doing something for a wooded area in town seemed the perfect fit for this Eagle work.

“I’m not a builder,” Pascucci said, “but Dennis Wiley of the Conservation Commission told me some of the town lands were needing trails.”

The Low land has two trail systems and now they are connected with a path in between, a total of 3.5 miles of trails.

“The town gave me a map of an early trail system,” Pascucci said. “We walked the whole thing.”

The Low property has historical value, the Scout said, as it also has an early logging road that remains an anchor of his trail project.

The work included bringing his fellow Scouts along to help with the trail work, clearing out brush and making the trails more accessible to Low visitors.

He also hand carved a large sign at the open trail head area and 11 smaller trail signs within the property leading around the trails, also carved by hand.

Pascucci said he has been a Scout for seven years and is now taking more leadership roles in his troop.

He is one of several Scouts who chose a conservation area in Derry for an Eagle Project.

Wendy Moody said her son took on a very involved project, but it was a good choice for his Eagle award.

“This was one of the most extensive projects for a conservation project,” she said. “But he loves to explore and he loves to camp.”

Pascucci said the next step toward earning his Eagle award is Oct. 14, when he will meet with a committee to review his project. He will get his Eagle honor in a ceremony on Nov. 6.