Boy Scout Eagle projects par excellence for Vail HQ

Rafe Kitchell standing next to the articulating wagon he restored as part of his Eagle Scout project requirement. The unique thing about this type of wagon is that when the towing tongue is turned the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction allowing for tight turns at the end of rows of crops. Courtesy photo
Rafe Kitchell standing next to the articulating wagon he restored as part of his Eagle Scout project requirement. The unique thing about this type of wagon is that when the towing tongue is turned the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction allowing for tight turns at the end of rows of crops. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – For many years, Vail Ranch Restoration Association has hosted and provided a number of project ideas for local Boy Scouts needing a community service project worthy of the requirements for their advancement to Eagle Scout. Few have qualified to be declared “par excellence” or superior in every measure.

Beginning in 2015 two young men, members of Boy Scout Troop 148, were in need of such projects. When twins Cole and Rafe Kitchell contacted Darell Farnbach for ideas, he outlined some needs that would assist efforts to restore the Vail Ranch Headquarters complex to its former glory. Cole decided to build seven benches to be placed outside along the south side of the Wolf Store; the benches would be attractive and authentic replacements for the originals that are clearly seen in old photos. His brother Rafe chose to restore an articulating wagon that VRRA had salvaged some years ago. This wagon would be placed at the Vail Headquarters as part of the distinctive old objects on display in the restored landscape.

Recently VRRA received a letter from these two young men, thanking Fambach and VRRA for the opportunity to complete their project requirements for their Eagle Scout honor. As it turns out, part of the requirements for Eagle Scout projects is that they have to raise the funds for any expenses that might be incurred. Both Cole and Rafe managed to receive sufficient donations to allow them to acquire needed materials, but following completion of their projects the leftover funds from both of their projects amounted to $256. Accompanying the thank you letter from Cole and Rafe was a check for these excess funds as a donation to VRRA. These two young men, their projects and the follow through of donating their remaining funds to VRRA, shows that they are Scouts of the highest caliber and are indeed Eagle Scouts par excellence.

Cole Kitchell sitting with Darell Farnbach on one of the numerous benches that he built. Old photos of the ranch show these types of benches placed along the south side of the Wolf Store building under the roof overhang. During the Vail Ranch days, the senior cowboys occupied these rooms, rather than stay in the bunkhouse with the younger cowboys. Courtesy photo
Cole Kitchell sitting with Darell Farnbach on one of the numerous benches that he built. Old photos of the ranch show these types of benches placed along the south side of the Wolf Store building under the roof overhang. During the Vail Ranch days, the senior cowboys occupied these rooms, rather than stay in the bunkhouse with the younger cowboys. Courtesy photo

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