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Eagle Scout proposal turns into new resource for JROTC

It began as an Eagle Scout project proposal, but it will end with a new resource for the Lamar County JROTC unit ‘“ with a little help from the community. Cpl. Christopher Prestage, newly turned 18, plans to help build a military style obstacle course for the program. It will be in what is now an unused field behind the high school marked by the foundations of old portable classrooms. There is also a grove of woods, a small stream and another clearing that will be worked into the course design. The sloping course will be about 15 feet wide and wind from the first clearing through the woods into the clearing near the back parking lot. It will include a low wall, zig zag balance beam, vertical climb and low crawl. A horizontal rope bridge across the stream will make five obstacles but more can be added later as funds become available. ”We’ll need a good bit of poles and boards of all sizes, including some telephone poles. We’d really appreciate any donations,” Prestage said. “I’d love to get a cargo net but those are expensive ‘“  about $13,000.” Prestage and commander Maj. Paul Stinson are asking local businesses and organizations to contribute funds or materials for the project, which the cadets will build themselves. ”We’ll have to clear some of the woods,” Prestage said. “That’s a big thing.” Stinson said the course will help prepare cadets for raider team competitions that run along such courses. ”We want to get our foot in the door,” said Prestage. The raider title is held by Spalding High School, which provided plans for the course so engineers from Fort Stewart. It has been approved by the brigade. ”The obstacle course is an integral part of our program” said Stinson. “It enhances leadership skills and promotes physical fitness and hand to eye and body coordination.” Safety factors have been addressed. For instance, no barbed wire will be used in the low crawl and four obstacles will be in the clearings so Stinson can keep an eye on them. Prestage and two other Boy Scouts in the unit will be lead men on the project. ”They’ll get it up and running,” said Stinson. “They’re also going to fix up the entrance to the JROTC building and square up the drill pad.” For information contact Stinson at the high school or pstinson@lamar.k12.ga.us.

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