Eagle Scout candidate paves way for HPD canoe flights
David Forwarder III confronts life challenges that many people don't, but this Findlay 17-year-old is far from average. For example, Forwalder, a member of Boy Scout Troop 310, an American Legion Post 3 charter that includes individuals with multi-handicaps, earned his Eagle Scout wings last weekend in Hancock Park District's Riverbend Recreation Area.
Forwalder, with the assistance of his parents David and Melissa, sister and brother-in-law Samantha and Clyde Milum and Scoutmaster Doug Couchot, built a canoe path on the south side of the Blanchard River just downstream of the Township Road 208 park's covered bridge. The Scout recognized the need for the project after consulting with Bill Patch, HPD Park Operation Manager.
"I talked to Bill about helping to make it easier to get canoes in the water," said Forwalder. Using his share of Scouter account funds - monies that he earned based on hours he spent selling Boy Scout popcorn - Forwalder purchased pavers from Northwest Masonry. As park visitors stopped to watch the Scout and his friends and family work, the last paver was hammered in place under Saturday's autumn sun.
According to Boy Scouts of America, four of every 100 boys who enter the organization's numbers achieve their Eagle Scout award. Exactly 54,366 young men became Eagle Scouts in 2015 - 6.57 percent of eligible Scouts (registered Boy Scouts or male Venturers who are under 18.) Because of this Findlay member of the 2016 Eagle Scout class, watercraft enthusiasts will enjoy more time on the water and an easier in-and-outtake. "I'll tell you what people are going to say," said Forwalder's proud father. "They're going to look at that path and say it looks great."