Eagle Scout project promotes safety, fun for youth

MURRIETA – Joseph Bernal, of Boy Scouts of America Troop 500 in Murrieta, completed his Eagle Candidate Service Project on March 1. His project was the construction and donation of four 12-helmet boxes for the baseball and softball dugouts at Spencer’s Crossing Sports Park in French Valley.

Joseph led the construction of the 95 man-hour project over the course of one month, culminating with the donation of the boxes to the French Valley Baseball Softball Association during Opening Ceremonies on March 8.

The idea for the hanging of helmet boxes came to Joseph after many seasons of watching the young players come in and out of the dugouts during practice and games, causing tripping hazards with the helmets strewn about the dugout. 

“I thought it would be a great idea to make something functional that helps promote safety and enjoyment of the game that I love and that I enjoy watching my sister play. It is a great way to say thank you to my community and to the league that has been so good to my sister, as well as the young boys and girls of French Valley,” said Joseph.

Joseph has been playing baseball since he was 6-years-old, and currently plays for Murrieta Mesa High School, while his sister Jayden plays softball for French Valley Girls Softball.

Mike Caldera, President of FVBSA, said, “Our thanks to Joseph for his donation of the four handmade helmet boxes for our team dugouts. It is evident that Joseph put a lot of work into the construction of these boxes. The boys and girls playing in our league will benefit from his efforts for many years to come.”

The project was planned and constructed of pine, using Joseph’s design of interlocking pieces that would minimize the use of hardware. Every aspect of the project was done using skills he attained while earning the many merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout Candidate, from financial management (fundraising and management of funds) to the leadership skills to the woodworking (measurement and cutting and shaping of the wood).

Joseph has been in scouting since he was in the first grade, making his way through the ranks beginning as a Tiger Cub, culminating in earning his Arrow of Light, the highest award a Cub Scout can earn, before crossing over to Boy Scouts.

Joseph was officially selected as Eagle Scout on March 20, upon completion of his Eagle Candidate Review board. The Eagle rank is the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve.

“We are super proud of him. He is a mature young man, very dedicated and driven. He wants to continue in scouting until he goes to college and beyond,” said his parents, Joe and Jennifer. “We can’t wait to see what he does next.”

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