Swingin in Honduras

SATC extends it thanks to Alex Gadson, including scout leaders of Troop 93 and district scouting officials who sanctioned the “Swingin’ in Honduras” project, for the pursuit of his Eagle Scout Rank.  His project involved the construction of a swing set, designed in an architectural style reminiscent of Mayan temples unearthed in an archeological park in the Copan Region of southwestern Honduras.  This Manos Amigas Clinic.

Alex directed his construction team, seeing that the various materials and parts were procured and/or shaped according to his plans, enabling the structure to be built, erected and then disassembled and packed for shipment to Honduras.  Alex and some members of his troop plan to travel to the clinic in 2013 to reassemble the swing, working alongside of local stonemasons from the community who will aid in its erection. 

SATC is the intermediate beneficiary of Alex’s efforts as this project would have remained in the planning stages until an interested party came forward with the requisite interest, funding and skill- set to initiate the building of the first module for this playground.  Alex served as a catalyst in getting our planned program off the drawing board.  Clinic visitors and patients will benefit directly as Alex’s project will enable clinic staff to separate out patients from siblings, who typically accompany family members, and direct them to the playground where the swing will be located.  This frees up staff and patient for examinations and medical tests without the added stress of having to attend to the children.