Eagle Scout constructs ‘life jacket loaner stand’ at Jordanelle Reservoir.
Those looking to float around the Jordanelle Reservoir this summer will have help from a new life jacket loaner station created by a Utah Eagle Scout.
Landon Boyer, a 16-year-old Springville High School student, built a wooden structure that contains more than a dozen life jackets of various sizes that are available “on the honor system.”
“Eventually, of course they’ll disappear,” Boyer said. “But if people have to fill out a bunch of paperwork, they’d be a lot less likely to wear them. If it’s protecting people in the water, then it’s worth it.”
He and about a dozen friends and Troop 925 members built the structure over the course of two to three days with materials donated by Sunroc Building Materials.
Boyer said he learned a lot, mostly about organizing and planning the project. It was the park’s idea, and when the Park Ranger told him about it, he said he thought it was “pretty cool” and a great opportunity to improve safety at the park.
He said the project was harder than he thought it would be, especially when they ran out of lumber on the second day, and he had to adapt the design on the fly to be able to fit the life jackets the way he wanted them.
A rising junior, Boyer is eyeing college in the future, but isn’t sure where or what he’ll study. For now, he’s proud of this milestone and the work it took to get there.
“I learned a lot of handy skills, obviously, and I also learned organizational skills, time management,” Boyer said. “I’m glad that I did it for sure.”
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