Eagle Scout Project brings Cave Springs Upgrades

William M. Klein Park, commonly called Cave Spring, is no stranger to Eagle Scout projects. The park has had 13 so far this year, according to Al Maddox, park director.

“Over the last few years we’ve probably averaged nine to 12,” he said. “They do a good job. We’ll have 16 when we get through these next three.”

Carl Glosenger, of Troop 428, recently completed his Eagle Scout project, which was to make improvement for the new kid’s area being built in the park.

In total, Glosenger made six improvements to the park, including a fire pit, tree-stump benches and a lean-to. Maddox said the additions are to give park visitors and idea of how sitting around a camp may have been in the 1880s.

Work on the kid’s park is expected for completion in August, Maddox said. The park also received help from Youth Volunteer Corp. In early June, eleven kids, under 13 years of age, worked six hours per day for four days for a total of 264 hours, according to Raytown-Brooking archives.

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Carl Glosenger inspects the lean-to

The three upcoming Eagle Scout projects will bring the kid’s park to fruition, Maddox said.

“We have to build a tree house and a makeshift cave, a 32-foot-long cave the kids can go into, a little rope-climb or a step-rope over an A-frame,” he said.

Maddox said the volume of families and women with children who attend the park sparked the improvements.

The next three Eagle Scout projects, Maddox said, will be the makeshift cave, improved trails, one of which will lead to a seldom visited part of the park.

“We have a very old Osage Orange tree, 175 years old, according to the (Missouri Department of) Conservation people” Maddox said. “It’s a humongous tree; it’s got 40- to 50-foot limbs … This scout is going to rebuild the trails back to it. It’s a great climbing tree for kids. The limbs aren’t high.”

More information on William M. Klein Park is available at cavespring.org.

Scouts and scouters from Troop 428 take a pause from their work for a quick photo

Scouts and scouters from Troop 428 take a pause from their work for a quick photo

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