Brothers complete Eagle project at Squak Valley Park
August 21, 2012
By Christina Corrales-Toy
On a hot, sunny Thursday in July, Skyline High School brothers Kyle and Josh Jancola spent their day hauling wheelbarrows full of gravel across the trails of Squak Valley Park.
Just ask them, they have the blisters to prove it.
It was all for a good cause though as the 16-year-old brothers completed their Eagle service project and helped improve the Issaquah park.
Kyle built 150 feet of new trail for the park, while Josh assembled and installed three park benches. The brothers hope that the improvements will be positive additions.
“I hope that people eventually would be able to come outside here and enjoy the fresh air,” Kyle said.
The brothers did not complete the project alone, though. Several friends, family members and fellow Scouts gathered to help the morning of July 19.
The heat was an annoyance, the brothers said, but they worked to keep a positive atmosphere with snacks and beverages for the volunteers.
The work began at 9 a.m. and continued for about eight hours. Kyle and Josh were grateful for all of the help they received.
“I want to thank my parents and my sister,” Josh said. “My little sister came and she worked all day to help us, so that was great.”
The high school juniors reflected fondly on the many years they spent as Scouts. They plan to use everything they learned as they proceed toward the future.
“I plan on using the Eagle Scout skills I’ve learned to my advantage, especially the leadership skill,” said Josh, who hopes to attend college and major in business.
Kyle, who plans to study medicine when he enters college, enjoyed all of the activities he had to complete as he worked toward the Eagle Scout rank, but he admitted it wasn’t easy.
“It takes a lot of hard work and devotion and energy,” Kyle said. “But most of all you need to have an attitude for success.”
The Eagle service project was among the last requirements the brothers needed as they worked to reach the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor.
Kyle and Josh, who belong to Troop 636, expect to officially earn the honor within a matter of months.