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July 3, 2014

Derry Scout to earn Eagle with trail project

DERRY — A local Boy Scout has taken on the trail system in Hampstead to earn his Eagle Scout honor.

David Macomber, 17, a member of Hampstead Troop 33, tackled a trail project as part of his Eagle honor requirements.

The Eagle is the highest award a Boy Scout can achieve.

For David, it was a chance to give back to the community and do something that would benefit many residents who enjoy walking that town’s trails.

It began with finding the right idea for a project.

David said he approached the Hampstead Conservation Commission about projects they might suggest that would be good for Eagle consideration.

That led the Derry Scout to the town’s trails and some dilapidated bridges on one trail.

“On one of the trails, a bridge had been crushed by a fallen tree,” he said. “I went out there and the tree had totally demolished the bridge.”

That seemed like a perfect project for his Eagle award, he said.

David got his plan approved by Scout officials and went to work.

The work included rounding up volunteers and donations to help rebuild the bridge, including pouring new concrete footings and attaching new beams to create the structure.

“It took a lot of time, about five work days,” David said.

He has been part of Boy Scouts since he was in first grade and said the organization remains very important in his life to this day.

“There is so much community service,” he said.

He already takes part in a lot of that, including regular trash pickups along his neighborhood streets in Derry.

“This is something I’ve loved since first grade,” he said. “These are all the things I could help out with.”

David will receive his official Eagle award at a ceremony later this year.

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