Ryan Shelver – an Eagle Scout candidate from West Seattle’s Troop #282 – spent this last Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 & 24, leading 20 volunteers in building a new set of stairs and creekside sitting area inside the grounds of Camp Schoenwald in Burien.

In two days, over 163 hours of labor were provided to create an amazing new bench and sitting area, and Ryan is thankful for all those who participated in making this idea a reality over the last several months.

Prior to the weekend installation of the area, Ryan researched construction methods, raised funds for building and recruited members of his troop to assist him with this service project, which is also a component for attaining the Eagle Scout rank.

Photos below show a before and after, which included hauling over 1.5 tons of crushed gravel about 1/8 of a mile and approximately 100 feet down into the depths of the Camp Schoenwald ravine.

In total, Ryan spent nearly seven months planning and revising his project and the results shown here make our community proud.


“Well done, Ryan!”

Ryan is a senior at Seattle Lutheran High School, has participated in scouting for the last 11 years with Pack and Troop 282 and intends to pursue computer science and business after high school.

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