Making signs to identify Native Trees for visitors

Nabarun Sengupta
Troop 111, Fremont

My name is Nabarun Sengupta, a life scout from Boy Scout Troop 111. I carried out an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, Fremont, CA. The project was to build sturdy wooden signs for the native plants/trees in a particular area of the park to complement the tour they offer there. The project involved cutting the wood, wood burning the signs, sealing the wood, digging the holes, installing the posts, and finally drilling in the signs onto the posts. Initially this project took a lot of planning (more than 8 months!) I had first discussed with Dr. Blueford and decided on doing this project in October 2007. My plan finally got approved in early August. After much hard work, I finally was able to execute the project and complete it successfully by September 2008.

I really owe a lot to the support I got from the troop and other friends in helping with the project. The actual work completed quickly because I had a great turnout of volunteers on most workdays. I had double work shifts on the labor day long weekend to speed up the progress. Many troop members came to help despite it being the long weekend and a terribly hot weekend. Thank goodness we had otter pops to keep us cool. Overall, I had a great sense of accomplishment by the end of the project.

I would like to sincerely thank Dr. Blueford for giving me the opportunity to do this project. I would also like to thank the troop leaders for their guidance during the planning phase. I am also thankful for all the support I got from troop members and friends including Akshay Nanavati, Alex Chen, Andy Jambulingam, Anuj Nanavati, Arjun Sarkar, Arthur Ho, Carlos Gee, Christiaan Wustenhoff, David Ho, Ellora Sengupta,  Mihir Jain,  Rahul Sengupta,  Rajat Sengupta,  Rohan Gogoi,  Sameer Nanavati, Scott Kavanagh,  Stefan Wooding,  Stuart Rosete, and Tim Steele.  And finally I would like thank Mr. Barry Willis for introducing me to the wood burning technique and for general wood working advice to carry out the project.

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