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Overlook Golfers Benefit From Scout's Service Project

When rising Manheim Township High School junior and member of Boy Scout Troop 99 Spiro Schramm first began considering his Eagle Scout project, he initially considered creating a record board for the Manheim Township Age Group Swim Program, and while he did help to see that goal accomplished and now is in charge of the records and maintenance for that board, his final project involved water in a completely different setting.

Overlook Golf Course, located along Route 501 in Lancaster, now has five new water cooler stands, completed by Spiro and a few of his fellow Scouts on April 17. For his Eagle Scout project, Spiro, who has been golfing since age 3, wanted to improve the condition of the stands on the course. "I spend a lot of time at the golf course, and I noticed the water cooler holders were warped and had moss growing on the roof," he said. Spiro spoke with golf course superintendent John Dougherty and received permission to replace the two existing water stations and add three more to the course. Each station holds a 10-gallon cooler of water that golfers can access to quench their thirst.

In October 2016, Spiro and five of his fellow Scouts came to Overlook with a rented auger and drilled 3-foot holes at all the sites where water stations would be located. They put six-by-six posts in the holes and then filled the holes with concrete. During the winter, Spiro began to build the boxes, which were constructed of plastic lumber made from recycled water bottles. "The plastic won't warp or rot like the wooden ones did," explained Spiro. "I wanted (the stations) to last and be maintenance-free."

Throughout the winter, Spiro worked on the project every Saturday for up to eight hours. "Well over 100 hours of volunteer time went into this," said Spiro, who coordinated the work with Ken Ord, head pro at Overlook, and received some help and advice along the way from other area residents. Ed Federbar, owner of a company that creates trade show booths and display cases, offered the expertise of a staff member, along with a saw to help cut the plastic pieces, and engineering consultant and avid golfer Kurt Moon went over designs with Spiro. "The design went through many changes during the course of the project, and (Moon) offered us wisdom, insight, and tools," explained Spiro.

Spiro noted that completing the project taught him some useful lessons. "I learned time management skills and creative problem solving from running into some issues that I had to come up with creative solutions for," he said. Spiro's father, Steve, noted that his son learned to work efficiently as well. "(Spiro had to) figure out how to do this project economically," Steve said. "He learned how to cut a board with limited waste. (He had) to think through all that."

Dougherty is pleased with the locations and low-maintenance construction of the new stations. "It was good timing," he said. "It's awesome, and we appreciate it." The water stations located near holes 12 and 14 replaced original stations. New stations were added near holes 6, 15, and 2. Spiro situated some of the stations so they can be accessed from multiple holes. He is pleased with the result. "(I knew) it would benefit everyone on the golf course for years to come if I replaced them and added some," he said.

Now that the physical project is complete, Spiro's paperwork from his project will be submitted to the Eagle Scout review committee. He said that once the review is complete, he hopes his Court of Honor will be held in September.

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