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Lemont Scout spruces up dugout for Eagle project

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT
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Lemont Boy Scout Ryan Lambe led a project to clean up Lemont High School's dugouts.

LEMONT – When deciding what to accomplish for his Eagle Scout project, Ryan Lambe asked Lemont High School Athletic Director John Young if there was anything he could do for the athletic department.

“I’m very involved with sports and know the athletic director very well,” said Lambe, who will be a senior next year.

As a result, the Lemont resident led a project to repaint the baseball field dugouts outside Lemont High School.

“The dugouts were really bad. The last time they were repainted was six to 10 years ago,” Lambe said. “They looked all worn down. There was dust and dirt all over the place.”

Although the repainting was from June 3 to 5, the planning started in March.

Lambe’s responsibility was not to do the painting but to coordinate the project from start to finish, including getting materials and finding volunteers.

“It was kind of stressful, to be quite honest,” he said.

Lambe worked with Bruce Nelson, director of buildings and grounds for Lemont High School District 210, to figure out what kind of paint and rollers he would need. The athletic department bought the materials.

Lambe found volunteers from his Boy Scout troop, fellow members of the Lemont High School Band, friends and family. He solicited donations from local businesses to pay for food for volunteers.

Once everything was ready, volunteers worked six hours each day to finish the project.

Lambe said he is happy with the result.

“I actually got a lot of thank-yous from the athletic director, the maintenance workers and people who just drive by the high school,” he said.

Before he can become an Eagle Scout, Lambe needs to finish the paperwork for the final plan of the project, complete a few more merit badges and go before a board of review.

Lambe said the leadership and communication skills he has learned from being in Boy Scouts should help him in his desired career as a physical therapist.

“Being a physical therapist, you have to interact with a lot of people,” he said. “I can relate to people who are kids, all the way to adults.”

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