Scout builds benches to adorn Camp Meehan entrance

Scout builds benches to adorn Camp Meehan entrance

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Alex Graham, an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 76 and a North Providence resident, built four benches for the entrance to the new Camp Meehan property as his Eagle Scout project.

Graham met with Mayor Charles Lombardi and acting Recreation Director Jeannie Vickers last Thursday to present the benches, which were built with help from Graham's friends in Troop 76 Providence and Troop 5 North Providence.

Graham, 17, has been in Scouting for the past decade, starting in the North Providence Cub Scout Pack 5. He said he spent 84 hours planning and completing his project.

The member of Scouting's National Honor Society: Order of the Arrow said he saw the need for "a nice sitting area" at a park he loves to go to for many activities.

"Scouting has taught me many things, but mostly about giving back to the community and becoming a responsible and productive member of society," he said. "It was a lot of fun along the way."

He has served in several leadership roles with the Boy Scouts, including patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and now junior assistant scoutmaster.

Graham, a senior in the electrical program at Davies Career-Tech High School, said he at first wanted to find a way to repave the tennis courts at nearby Notte Park, but decided against it when he realized that he would need professional help to get it done, which is prohibited.

Graham thanked the many people who helped him build the benches, including Tyler Degnan, Kyle Calandra, Steve Spinella, David Fraioli, and his parents. He also thanked Lowe's Home Improvement, Douglas Lumber and Domino's Pizza for donations that allowed him to complete the project without spending "a dime." Town officials will reimburse him for the cost of the bench "kits," at a total price of about $200.