Aspiring Eagle Scout to Beautify New Signs at Fire Stations with LandscapingMay 8, 2015
by Bruce Preston
The love of Scouting runs in Nathan Gendreau’s family. Nathan has been involved in Scouting for as long as he can remember “at least since the first grade” he says. He took an interest in it after learning that his mother, Tracy, achieved her Gold Award with the Girl Scouts. Likewise, his older sister, Kayla, achieved her Gold Award in 2014.
Gendreau of Pack 252, Hudson, is currently leading an Eagle Scout project to install flower beds with brickwork at all three fire stations in Hudson. The project is being done in conjunction with the fire department’s plans to install new signage at each station.
Gendreau, 16, a Life Scout, the second highest rank attainable, is taking on the project as part of his requirements to achieve his Eagle Scout ranking.
The idea for the project came from his work as a fire explorer with the Hudson Fire Department. Gendreau, who says he hopes to become a firefighter/paramedic someday, is participating in the Hudson Fire Explorer program. He started in the program as soon as he was eligible, at 14.
When it was time for Gendreau to come up with an idea for his project, he wanted to do something that involved helping the fire department. “I went to my fire explorer adviser (Captain Dave Morin) and asked if there is anything that they needed” and that is where the idea came from. Morin said that the project “comes at a perfect time (as) the signs are all in disrepair and this will be a great improvement to each station” because it will enhance all of the new signage.
All aspects of the project need to be thoroughly documented throughout the project. Records must be kept including a materials list, size of the project, projected staffing needs, all related costs and expenses for the project, and plans for fundraising and donations.
A junior at Alvirne High School, Gendreau had to present the idea to the Hudson Fire Department, the Eagle Board, and the Hudson Board of Selectmen. He has gotten approval from each organization, and can now move forward with the project.
Gendreau hopes to get donations from local businesses to help cover some of the costs and materials that will be necessary. He is also planning on holding car washes in May and June to raise funds.
If all goes well, Hudson residents should see the new flower beds at each fire station by the end of the summer. “I hope it makes people more likely to look at the signs and see the messages put out by the fire department,” said Gendreau.