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.

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!