When you attend Pony, Bronco and Mustang Division practices and games at Blach, Oak, Covington, Springer, Loyola, Cooper, Huff, Bubb and Rosita Fields, you will see improvements resulting from the past hard work of Boy Scouts from Troop 30 and Troop 88.
A requirement for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or the community.
Over the past years, with the help of scouts and parents from the troop, the following Boy Scouts from Troop 30 and Troop 88 made improvements to the baseball field at all fields as part of their Eagle Scout Service Projects; Craig Young, Brian Gounod, Dylan Finan, Tyler Johnson and Jake Lillie are the scouts that we are honoring this season and last season.
These Boy Scouts provided the planning and labor and the materials were purchased with funds from LA-MV PONY Baseball. Bruce Bauer Lumber supplied materials at cost and Kelly Moore provided paint at cost. The combined projects was to build a storage area for the dirt we use for our fields, two more 12 x 12 storage sheds and 4 scorekeepers tables to be used by our league. This was a two year project and now we have excellent looking fields for all our players to use and also the children at those school sites.
Ed Mussman, Board of Director, Member Emeritus and Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 30 and The Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball community thanks all of the scouts past and present for their magnificent contributions to our fields.
Craig’s Eagle project entailed building field materials storage bins for LA-MV Pony Baseball at Covington Elementary. Previously, dirt and clay were stored out in the open, subject to the elements, and the league desired a permanent storage solution. The 3-bin, 8’ x 12’ structure was built atop a concrete pad with removable covers and doors. The project required over 250 man hours over 13 work days at Covington Elementary, with help from Troop 30 Scouts, family, and friends. The league stores both red and gold fine infield dirt media and mound clay to be used for field maintenance at Covington and Rosita ball fields.
Craig passed his Eagle Board of Review on March, 2014.
Craig with Bob Gounod and Ed Mussman
Brian Gounod chose to build score keepers’ tables at both the Bronco and Mustang fields at Oak School. The building entailed digging hole five by five by three feet deep in very hard compacted soil, at the location of the tables and benches. Then he erected scaffold to hold the metal table and bench legs in place while concrete footings were poured to ensure that the tables and benches would remain in the ground and stable. After the concrete cured, table tops and bench seats were cut and secured to their metal legs. Next, Brian and his crew sanded the tables and benches smooth to prevent splintering. The final step had Brian setting up spray shields between the backstop fence and the table so that he could spray paint the tables and benches. The project took 3 workers approximately 200 hours to plan, dig, build and paint the project.
Brain finished his project in August 2014.
Dylan Finan's Eagle Project involved building an additional 12' x 12' equipment shed adjacent to the existing sheds at Covington Elementary. This project required over 320 man hours of work from Troop 30 Scouts, Family and Friends.