West Pittston provides some of the richest history in the area. And that motivated Boy Scout Drew Slater for his Eagle Scout project.
Slater, 17, a member of Troop 352, researched and mapped out a historical walking tour of his home town, complete with lessons on its history, and introduced it to townspeaople by hosting a walk last Sunday.
The tour is a 2.5 mile walk and stops include the Dandelion Cottage on Delaware Avenue, the Cherry Blossom trees on the river bank, the site of the Fort of Jenkins, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (DL&W) Railroad Bridge, the West Pittston Cemetery, the Sullivan Trail Coal Company, Vulcan Iron Works, the Hitchner Biscuit Company, the Newry House, Washington Street School, the West Pittston Borough Building and the Jenkins-Harding Cemetery.
Slater was very pleased with the turnout, saying there were about 20 people.
“Everything went great,” he said. “They asked some questions, but mostly we covered everything, They all thought it was great. They all loved it and they all loved the things they learned.”
The purpose of the tour was a part of a process for Slater to earn his Eagle Scout badge.
“First, we had to get the whole project approved,” said Slater. “I had to start off doing a work book, asking a series of questions of why I would be doing it. When that got approved, that went to council, they signed that, and it got approved, then I worked and just researched on the whole history and developed my trail book on the whole thing…”
Slater said his scout master was very pleased with how everything turned out, but before he earns his Eagle rank, as there is more work to be done.
He will have to finish his workbook on the tour trail, send in an application and then go in front of a board for a review.
Slater said there is no timetable for exactly when everything will need to be done and when he will get his badge, but he anticipates it will all come within the next few weeks.
Until then, the upcoming senior at Wyoming Area high school will continue his regular life as a line cook at B3Q: Barbeque by Barry in West Pittston and working with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on the Pinstripe Patrol where they select fans to participate in the mini-games played between innings at home games.
Slater has been in Scouts since he was five and said he one day hope to become a Scout master.