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|Written by Gillian Smith|
|Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:57|
For history enthusiasts who simply cannot wait to take a tour of the Alden House, one Boy Scout is making it possible to take a tour at any time of the day.
Duxbury High School senior Noah Brayer has decided to do his Eagle Scout Service Project at the historic Alden House on Alden Street. The Eagle Scout project is an op- portunity for a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout or qualified Venturer in the Boy Scouts of America to demonstrate the leadership of others through a project that will benefit the community.
Brayer’s project will include installing signs around the historic site for those who wish to take an audio tour of the museum at times when tours are not offered. Visitors can call a phone number at each spot around the site and will listen to an informational recording that simulates being on a live tour. Brayer will also install stones to mark the orig- inal foundation and will continue a previous Scout’s project of clearing a path around the site.
“I thought it was a great idea because it is a national historic landmark,” he said. “It’s a good way to show how the scouts can work together and help each other out to per- form a duty that will help the community.”
Brayer has been a member of Boy Scouts of America since kindergarten, when he began as a Cub Scout. He said he enjoys being a Scout because of the many rewarding opportunities.
“It’s a great group of guys who have a lot of fun helping others in the community,” he said. “I have helped with Eagle Scout projects before, which is a rewarding experience because you know someone will help you with your project and someone will help them with theirs.”
Brayer will spend two or three weekends installing the signs, starting on Oct. 26. He said he had to take many steps before the project got approved. Brayer has been working with Matthew Vigneau, museum manager at the Alden House, since August. He first had to create the idea for,
and write, a proposal to be approved both by the Boy Scouts and the Alden House. He has also done extensive fundraising to raise $400 by recycling cans from the transfer station. Any extra money will go to support the Alden House.
In the meantime, Brayer has started looking at colleges and universities. He said he is interested in engineering and plans on taking an engineering course at DHS in the spring. He said his Eagle Scout project is one that means a lot to him and he is looking forward to finally getting to work on it.
“It has been a lot of hard work, but it is also fun,” he said. “I enjoy being part of the Scouts and I think this will be helpful for the Alden House and the town.”