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Michael Traina Eagle Court of Honor

June 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

SPARTA, NJ-Troop 82 recently held its Spring Court of Honor. As part of the ceremony, Michael Traina made a presentation to the Sparta Community Garden Gardeners thanking them for the opportunity to complete his Eagle Scout Project. Mitch Morrison was on hand to accept the honor.

Traina’s Eagle Scout Project was a great addition to the community gardens. The Eagle Project took Life Scout Traina more than two months to plan, organize and execute. He had to propose the project to the Sparta Historical Society and the Sparta Community Garden Gardeners by presenting a detailed business plan.

After it was approved he had to raise sufficient funding to purchase the needed materials and secure donations for additional materials.  He had to organize the volunteers and plan the work schedule. Next, he had to purchase the materials he needed, coordinate the scouts and other volunteers and schedule the time to complete the project. The project was completed over two week-ends in April.

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The garden is located on the Historical Society property next to the Sparta Middle School. There were nearly 35 Boy Scouts,  friends and family that helped to build the garden. The Sponsors of the project were:

  • Ground Groomers Landscaping of Sparta,
  • The Home Depot of Newton,
  • The Sparta Historical Society,
  • The Sparta Community Garden Gardeners

Michael is a member of Boy Scout Troop 82 of Sparta NJ. They meet on Monday nights from 7:30 until 9 p.m. at the Sparta Presbyterian Church on Main Street. All boys between 11 and 18 years of age are welcome. The community is welcome to visit the Community Garden to see the improvements and this season’s planting.

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