Boy Scouts at Lake Cornelia for Eagle Projects, Camporee

Eagle Scout Tyler Marker and Wright County Conservation Park Ranger Jim Radke make a few changes in the information being posted at the kiosk.

Boy Scouts from nine counties attended a weekend “Camporee” May 2 – 4 at Lake Cornelia, fortunately coinciding with pleasant spring weather after a week of cold rain. 14 campers attended from Clarion’s Troop 47. It was the first major Boy Scout camp-out the lake had hosted in recent memory, with the nine attending troops representing half of the troops in the Lakeland District.

On Friday, the lake was host to the Arrow of Light ceremony, in which 15 Cub Scouts (four from Troop 47) earned the group’s ultimate award before being initiated into Boy Scouts. “My favorite part is watching the little Webelos grow and watching their confidence build,” said Scoutmaster Tim Hamilton. “Webelos” – short for “we’ll be loyal scouts” – are the oldest Cub Scouts.

Over the past years 3 separate scout leaders have been recognized for their dedication and service to the local scout programs and scouting overall: Scott Wiezorek was named the Scoutmaster of the year for Lakeland District of the Winnebago Council for 2011. In 2012, Tim Hamilton, Scoutmaster of Troop 1047 was awarded the District Award of Merit, the highest award that can be awarded to a scouter from the district level.  Most recently Cathy Farwell was recognized as the Cub-Scouter of the year for 2013 for the Lakeland District. She has been a driving force behind the Cub Scout program for the past 10 years. 

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This time of the year it is common to see eagles in, and near, the Lake Cornelia area.

                Recently, the ‘eagles’ have landed at the ‘quiet water’ area, north of Lake Cornelia. No, not the winged kind:  two Eagle Scout projects are nestled in the area. One is a free-standing kiosk on the south side, between the Lake and the marina. The other is a bird-blind, bird watching area on the northeast corner of the quiet waters. Tyler Marker, of Clarion Boy Scout Troop #1047 and son of Kim and Tim Marker, completed the kiosk. Kevin Brown, of the Belmond Boy Scout Troop #16, built the bird watch area.

Tyler Marker

                As an eight-year Boy Scout member of the Clarion troop, 17-year-old Tyler Marker, a junior at Clarion-Goldfield High School, completed his wooden kiosk Eagle Scout project in 2012. The wooden information board provides Lake Cornelia information, county conservation updates, plus Clarion and Belmond community events and activities. “People visiting the Lake can find out things they might want to know here,” he said. Scout troop leaders are Scoot Wiezorek and Tim Hamilton.

Kevin Brown

                Kevin Brown always wanted to be in the Scouting program, from the time he was a first grader. “I pouted for awhile when I learned I couldn’t join Scouts until I was a little bit older,” he said. “I knew I wanted to have an Eagle Scout project.” Brown, also a 17-year-old junior, is the son of Perry and Donna Brown, attends Belmond-Klemme High School, and lives south of Belmond. Dave and Renee Suhr are his Scout troop leaders.

                Brown’s bird-blind/bird watching facility was completed last fall. “I probably looked for the right project for three years,” he said. The young Scout also credits Bray and the county conservation employees with helping him to chose a good project. County officials tell there are more than 150 species of birds which come into the area. Not only does the ‘bird blind’ have a seating area where observers can see the fowl coming to the area, there is also bird food (which people can scoop into the feeders). “While feeders are good for winter,” said Brown, “the landscaping includes plants which will provide berries and seeds for other times of the year.”

In an extensively Scoutful May 10 issue, hear more about Wright County Scouting’s projects, including:  a Camporee at Lake Cornelia that drew Scouts from nine counties, awards three leaders earned, and the Scouts’ participation in the Clarion Coin Club’s spring show!