Eagle Scout Project Completed by Murphy Resident
Murphy resident, Dylan Spriggs, has been involved in Boy Scouts since he was a Cub Scout in the first grade. This year, he completed his Eagle Scout project. His project took the form of an 8’x10’ cedar arbor. The arbor is located in the Murphy Native Demonstration Garden which is located next to the Murphy Animal Shelter (205 N. Murphy Road).
The garden was started in 2014 via a grant. A group of mostly volunteers, led by volunteer Peggy Murphy, began rehabbing and revitalizing the garden in 2016. Murphy said, “Youth organizations have embraced the garden and most of the large projects have been executed by scouts, four of which were done as Boy Scout Eagle projects and one for a Girl Scout Gold Award service project.”
Spriggs said he began getting supplies for the project in Jan. 2019. Some of the wood was donated by a family friend who cut the trees from his property in Royce City. Spriggs, along with members of his troop (Troop 295), troop leaders and parents helped with the project. The on-site work was done between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 27 and May 9.
Murphy said, “The original plans provided by the Native Plant Society of Texas included a trellis for Coral Honeysuckle vine.” Spriggs looks forward to returning to see the arbor covered in vines. He kept extra wood in case maintenance needs to be done in the future.
Spriggs said one thing that surprised him about this project was the amount of paperwork involved.
Murphy explained how Spriggs exceeded her expectations, “I had a vision of what I wanted for this trellis and with very little guidance, Dylan has surpassed my idea and created a better version of what I had planned. I can’t wait to see the honeysuckle blooming all the way to the top of the trellis. It’ll be beautiful! Being cedar, this trellis will last for decades, too, and Dylan can show off his work for years. Many thanks to Dylan, his family, Troop 295 and those that donated materials.”
When Spriggs’ mother saw the arbor she said, “I want one of these in my backyard.”
Answering the question if he would recommend scouting to others, he said, “I definitely do recommend it. I have learned a lot of skills I wouldn’t have learned without being a scout. These are skills I will use throughout my life.”
Spriggs has lived in Murphy for 14 years. He is 17 years old and a senior at Plano East Senior High. Upon graduation, he will attend Texas Tech and major in Civil Engineering.