Triston Schlep, 17, is on the verge of earning the coveted red, white, blue and silver patch. On July 27, he took a significant step to earning the rank.

Triston Schlep, Boy Scout, slides a board into place to help build the frame of the new
announcer’s booth at the high school’s softball field. (C.W. Wilkinson photo)

A Hawthorne Boy Scout is overcoming one of the last barriers to earning the rank of Eagle Scout, highest rank the organization provides.

Triston Schlep, 17, is on the verge of earning the coveted red, white, blue and silver patch. On July 27, he took a significant step to earning the rank.

“We’re building an announcer’s booth for the softball field,” Schlep said.

Schlep, who organized a crew of about 15 people to help build the structure, said the construction project is the last requirement he must meet to earn the rank.

In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must earn a total of 21 merit badges, awards earned by scouts who show aptitude in 130 different fields, take part in a leadership conference; demonstrate he lives by the principles espoused by the Boy Scouts of America; and complete an Eagle Scout review board.

The candidate must spend six months at the rank of Life Scout, the second highest rank in the organization, and complete a service project of some kind.

“While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community,” the Boy Scouts of America website says.

Schlep said the project was recommended by former Mineral County High School principal Walt Hackford.

“All the other sports fields have announcer’s booths, so we figured it would be nice,” Schelp said. “Something nice that could last a long time.”

Schlep estimated the entire project would last about 10 days. On July 27, the team put the frame, roof and siding on the structure.

It appears to be about 50 square feet inside and sits on railroad ties.

Schlep said the materials were donated by local hardware stores and SOC Nevada, LLC.

The paint was donated by the school.

Schlep said the building went through the typical procedures for similar buildings—it was approved by the Mineral County Board of County Commissioners, and the Mineral County building inspector before construction began.

The project was also approved by the school board.

Schlep said he functioned more as a project manager than a worker.

“I had to draw up all the plans for it, and get that done and just kind of do the main backroll,” he said. “And just make sure that all the other people are building it correctly.

“The primary purpose of an eagle scout project is to show leadership.”

The Boy Scouts’ website is http://www.scouting.org/.