Bridge to Eagle Scout

Published 12:30 am Saturday, September 1, 2012

With the Saturday completion of a bridge near Pt. A dam, Jonathan Bryant saw his nearly lifelong journey to become an Eagle Scout come to an end.

Bryant, the 15-year-old son of Jill and David Bryant, put the last bolt in the 60-foot bridge at the new PowerSouth park that boasts Boy Scout projects from fencings to picnic tables.

At the end of its construction, the area will be a public park that gives access to the water behind the dam, featuring stairs down to the water and a pier.

For the last month and a half, Bryant has worked on the Eagle project.

Bryant said he’s enjoyed the journey to become an Eagle Scout, which began in kindergarten.

“When a lot of people think Boy Scouts, they think of tying knots,” he said. “Boy Scouts is so much more. I think it teaches you a lot as far as leadership and those kind of skills. Not to mention that I like being outdoors.”

One of the biggest components of the bridge project, which was done to earn Bryant the title of “Eagle Scout,” was leadership, he said.

“As an Eagle Scout candidate, it was my job to direct all the other people who were helping me with the project,” he said. “That’s where the leadership that Boy Scouts is all about comes in. I was the site manager, I guess you could say.”

Andy Willis, a Covington Election employee, served as the Eagle Scout adviser and helped with the physical construction of the bridge.

And while Powersouth footed the cost of the project, Covington Election generously supplied the “4,700” bolts needed for the bridge, he said jokingly.

“We were out there every Saturday and any other moment we could spare working on it,” Bryant said. “The whole month went by as a blur. When it was done, to look and see a bridge and know that it’s going to be there for a long time, it was great. It’s something I can take my kids out to see years down the road.”

Before receiving his official Eagle Scout title, Bryant must face a review board in Dothan to outline his project, which will be held in the coming weeks.