Scouting at its finest
by RACHEL DAVIS
Nov 13, 2012 | 3783 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The new covered bridge at Dora’s Municipal Lake was finished over the weekend. Justin Levan built the new bridge as his Eagle Scout Project. – Photo by: Rachel Davis.
The new covered bridge at Dora’s Municipal Lake was finished over the weekend. Justin Levan built the new bridge as his Eagle Scout Project. – Photo by: Rachel Davis.
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DORA — To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must complete a series of challenges, including a project to benefit his community. Dora’s Troop 120 has seen scouts build park benches for the city’s municipal park and create a new donation box for the Mission of Hope nonprofit to prevent theft.

After five years in scouts, Justin Levan was ready to start the process for the Eagle Scout rank. He chose a project that many believed too ambitious for a 15-year-old. He wanted to replace the arched wooden bridge that completes the walking trail around the City of Dora’s municipal lake on Sharon Boulevard.

“I saw that the old bridge wasn’t easily accessible for the handicapped because it had too much of an arch,” Levan said. The bridge was also more than 20 years old and the boards were beginning to break and show wear. The metal and concrete supports holding the bridge, however, were still in good condition. Levan and his dad began working on a new design that would be accessible for everyone and be an attractive addition to the park.

When Levan presented his idea for a flat, covered bridge to the Dora Mayor and City Council for approval earlier in the year, they were supportive, but expressed doubt at the scope of the project.

Undeterred, Levan estimated the supplies and materials for the new bridge would cost approximately $3,500. Part of the Eagle Scout project is finding a way to get the materials, through donations or fundraising. Lowe’s of Graysville stepped in and donated the lumber for the project, and Marvin’s in Jasper donated the hardware, leaving Levan with just the metal for the roofing to purchase.

The Dora Street Department removed the old wood from the bridge to clear the way for Levan to begin on the new bridge, which he, his fellow scouts and parents finished in less than two weeks.

Outside of scouting, Levan also participates in scholar’s bowl and BETA Club, plays for Dora High School’s baseball team and participates with his church drama team at Sumiton First Baptist Church.