Bright and early Saturday, March 31, Ethan Pannkuk, the Eagle Scout Candidate, and fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 210 in Carolina Beach returned to the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range to resume the work Ethan had planned for his Eagle Scout Service Project.
Several from Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range stopped by to observe the hard work, including Caswell Dunes HOA President Joyce Crabtree. It was exciting watching the floor of the target pit emerge from beneath the dirt and debris.
The Scouts went above and beyond removing very tough roots that were attempting to destroy the walls and floor. This wasn’t standard weed pulling!
Ethan made lunch, and the work continued. After a day of work, they were able to completely clear both the floor and the drainage ditch. It looked like all of the work was complete but Ethan reminded the group that clean-up was still needed. They smoothed away the dirt they removed, then Ethan announced that they were done.
On Tuesday this week, the State Historical Preservation Office returns to inspect the work and guide the Friends of Fort Caswell on the next steps.
We wish Ethan and all of the Scouts best of luck in their future endeavors. President of the HOA, Joyce Crabtree, President of Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, Norma Eckard, and all of the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range thank Ethan Pannkuk for choosing the rifle range and target pit as his project, as well as the Scouts and friends for helping!
Thank you, Ethan and friends!
Ethan is first on the left. The names of the other Scouts will be added if/when permission is obtained.
Day 2, continuing the clearing of the floor. Notice how thick the roots are among the dirt.
Taking a break. Ethan, in yellow.
The floor is almost clear.
Clearing the narrow drainage ditch is difficult work.
Ethan makes lunch. HOA President Joyce Crabtree thanks the Scouts for their hard work, and thanks Ethan for choosing the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range as his service project.
Floor and drainage ditch are clear! This may be the first time since WWII when the War Department sold the land.
Ethan leads the Scouts in the final cleanup of the site.