Cub Scouts: Teamwork to Build their Own NNYB

Scouts learn about the new bridge before starting to build their individual section of a scaled model/NNYB Outreach

Scouts learn about the new bridge before starting to build their individual section of a scaled model/NNYB Outreach

Nearly 40 members of Somers Pack 1 helped build a replica of the New NY Bridge earlier this month. “They did really well, and built it in about an hour,” outgoing Cub Master Paul Cirillo said. First, though, came the video and presentation, which he said they really enjoyed.

The concept was teamwork and team building for the Cub Scouts, who range in age from 6 to 10, in grades 1 to 5, and are organized by dens.

“The theme of this pack night was Building Bridges to the Future,” Cub Master Paul Cirillo said. “Our goal was to think big, and hopefully inspire the boys to someday become engineers, construction workers or architects.”

“I wanted to build the George Washington Bridge, and have them assemble that; however, the Tappan Zee Bridge is more current,” he said. After seeing the plans online, Cirillo began etching what he thought was a good replica.

It takes teamwork to build a bridge, whether on the Hudson River or here with your Cub Scout friends/NNYB Outreach

It takes teamwork to build a bridge, whether on the Hudson River or here with your Cub Scout friends/NNYB Outreach

Together with scout parent Jim Daley, who’s a metal workers, Cirillo used his project management skills to estimate a scaled bridge. Designed to come apart in pieces, the project was cleverly arranged in five boxes —four bases for each tower, and one for the road deck — and fits neatly into the back of an SUV.

The bridge debuted in November, when Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC’s) President Darrell E. Waters received the “Good Scout” Award. Also honored were Jeff Loughlin (Local 137 IU Operating Engineers) and Jeff Randolph (PepsiCo). The celebratory evening raised close to $200,000 for the Westchester-Putnam Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“We gave them nuts and bolts and socket wrenches, and each of the five dens got a section of the bridge to construct,” he said. The beauty of the project, he said, was “each group had an instruction manual for its section of the bridge, and didn’t see the other sections.” When all groups were finished, they worked together to join the sections.

Proudly admiring their twin-span, cable-stayed replica, soon on display at the Nyack Outreach Center/NNYB Outreach

Proudly admiring their twin-span, cable-stayed replica, soon on display at the Nyack Outreach Center/NNYB Outreach

“This was a fun project,” Cirillo said, “and the video and presentation were educational.” Last year the project was about prep work, and environmental issues, and dredging, and relocating the oysters, and the falcons living on the ridge. “This year, you could see the bridge coming out of the water, and the kids enjoyed that and seeing the falcon nest.”

Now that the Scouts recreated the bridge they built last year, Cirillo foresees this becoming an annual Scout event. Pretty soon their model will be transported to the Nyack Outreach Center, where it will be on display for visitors.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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