Logan Moore, a Boy Scout from Troop 501 in Duragno, Colo., is credited with transforming the way kids at his alma mater get to school.
Moore, a sophomore at Durango High School, remembers his years at Miller Middle School – they included frequent travel up and down an old trail to reach the school.
“I fell down the trail a few times and my friends did, too. It was a hazard whenever it rained or snowed," said Moore.
As a Boy Scout, Moore was presented with an opportunity to improve conditions for the students that succeeded him, thanks to the Eagle Scout Leadership Project. The project is one of the requirements Boy Scouts must fulfill to earn Eagle Scout recognition, the highest ranking. It requires planning, development, and leadership – Moore became familiar with all three skills over a five-month course.
Moore, 15, supervised a group of volunteers, including family, friends, and other Boy Scouts, as they built the staircase. Like most project managers, Moore staggered the workload into shifts and made sure everyone had breaks, water, and snacks, of course.
The initial stages began in July last year and the building kicked off in late September. After 218 hours of labor, the old path became a gem.
“I had a lot of family friends who are professionals at this give me advice,” says Moore. “They were helpful.”
Boy Scout leads stairway construction
The stairway had to meet a tough set of standards. Because it led to a school, it required a handrail to aid people on their ascent.
Several companies sponsored the stairway’s construction including: Alpine Lumber, Builders First Choice, AJ Construction, Recla Metals, Kurt’s Repair and Custom Welding, Trails 2000, Miller MPAC, City Market, Trautner Geotech, and Janet Wiley Architect. The Durango School District 9-R donated $400 toward supplies.
Moore estimates about 40 to 50 students use the stairs daily. Community walkers can also take advantage of it.
Moore's sister, Halle, an eighth-grader at Miller, tells him about the compliments she gets from students about the stairs.
The Durango School District 9-R is responsible for the upkeep of the stairway, which Moore projects will last a few generations. He estimates it will have a 30-year lifespan.
Miller Middle School administrators are happy with the result.