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Scout honors local history with project


17-year-old Marvin Robbins hauls a bucket of water dipped from Clarks Creek for mixing concrete. He is building a kayak launch on the creek at the Ramsour’s Mill site as his Eagle Scout project.

Kayak launch will offer access to battle site



Staff Writer

One Lincoln County high school senior’s Eagle Scout project promises to benefit both outdoor adventurists and local history lovers.

North Lincoln senior Marvin Robbins, 17, has been building a kayak access at Clark’s Creek in Lincolnton since Feb. 11 and plans to complete the project by Tuesday.

While Robbins has enjoyed the camaraderie that the undertaking has offered him and his fellow troop masters and members, who’ve been assisting him with the construction, he said the project hasn’t been without its obstacles.

“We’ve had miscommunication and a bunch of stuff go wrong,” he said. Robbins noted that in addition to facing financial troubles in the beginning, he was without the project’s design drawings for some time. Mike Batonis is credited with designing the access, Robbins said.

Ideas for the project stemmed from a conversation that Robbins had with Lincoln County Historical Association Director Jason Harpe last June.

Harpe said the Association manufactured a list of potential area projects after having had numerous local Boy Scouts seek out LCHA for Eagle Scout ideas over the years.

“We have a lot of scouts that come to us,” he said. “These kids are doing some really amazing things, and I don’t think they can get enough recognition.”

Harpe is especially fond of Robbins’ project because of its potential to put more people in contact with Lincoln County historical site Ramseur’s Mill, an American Revolution battlefield. He additionally noted that kayakers already use the waterway despite its lack of an official access area.

“Eventually the (Rail) Trial will link to Ramseur’s Mill battle site, and we’ll be able to provide some more amenities so that we can better promote the site,” Harpe said. “We want people to respect the site and use it.”

Cost of the project has fallen just under $500 with financial donations pouring in from Lowe’s, who’s donated a majority of supplies including lumber, concrete and screws, and the Emmanuel Lutheran Church men’s group in Lincolnton.

Harpe had been invited to speak at one of the church group’s recent meetings when the men randomly asked him if he knew any local scout projects taking place.

“They had a discussion about having had a Scout troop at their church in the past and having some funds available for a project,” Harpe said. Harpe immediately gave them Robbins’ information.

Robbins noted that Scout Master Scott Beam intends to purchase some additional supplies for the project including thread and anchor bolts to secure a set of steps to a slope near the access.

Throughout the project, Robbins said he’s learned safety and leadership skills as well as the importance of patience, dedication and hard work.

Robbins became a Cub Scout in second grade, earning the highest available award at the time, Arrow of the Light. He said the Scouts are for anyone who enjoys working, camping and having fun. He’s also appreciated meeting new people and developing reliable friendships over the years.

Robbins, who’s currently a member of the North Lincoln marching band and concert band, specializing in baritone and trombone, additionally participates in spring track and discus throwing.

Following graduation, he plans to join the U.S. Army and follow in the footsteps of his military grandpa who was a member of the Air Force.

Image courtesy of Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News

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