SPECIAL COVERAGE ON THE CORONAVIRUS
Teen Scout Makes New Sign For Home Meadows
By Kristen Arute, Hingham Current Staff; December 12, 2020
Courtesy photos and Hingham Current file photos / Kristen Arute
Nick Praschma is a senior at Hingham High School, Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 4 and a current Life Scout and Eagle Scout Candidate. In pursuit of this honor, Nick contacted the Hingham Conservation Commission to inquire about potential Eagle Projects around town. His first idea was to build a raised wooden walkway across a creek to help students get to the high school; however, he encountered some property rights issues.
"After my first project idea fell through, (the Conservation Commission) suggested I replace the Home Meadows sign and add a planting bed around it," said Nick. "I thought this was a great idea because the sign seemed forgotten and deserving of a makeover."
Home Meadows is located at the corner of Winter Street and Main Street. Thanks to the contribution of 33 people, a total of 235 man hours went into the project over the course of four months. The old sign was replaced, and the planting bed was built in only two days; however, the planning, budgeting and organizing phases of the project started at the beginning of July. Nick designed the sign and cut the letters into it by hand. One of the challenges he faced was ensuring that the letters were level and centered.
"Although cutting, painting, and sealing the letters took me over twenty hours of my time along with the help of four of my friends," said Nick, "I believe that all of the hard work paid off."
Mark Turnak is the Scoutleader for Troop 4. He said that the Troop also engages in service projects throughout town, like leaf raking for elderly shut-ins and volunteering at community events. "Through all of this, we attempt to build the leaders of tomorrow," said Turnak, "by having the boys lead their peers in these activities that help ground them in the values of Scouting."
Other Scouts have worked on projects recently. Turnak is clearly proud of all of them and the work they do. "Nick's Troop 4 Eagle project is a wonderful addition to the community," said Turnak, "and a chance for him to practice the planning and peer leadership skills Scouting has taught him through his merit badges and Scouting rank advancement."
The Home Meadows sign replacement project was completed with the help of many volunteers from Troop 4 and from Nick's friends and family. "Everyone who contributed to the project deserves as much praise and credit as I do as I couldn't have done it without them," said Nick. "I am proud of my Eagle Project and everyone who helped me complete it."