Harvey Cedars Beaches Get Dune Grass Courtesy of Boy Scout

Oct 11, 2017
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

For an Eagle Scout community service project, Brendan Skowronek decided to give back to the town he calls his summer home by coordinating a dune grass planting project for 10 beaches in Harvey Cedars. On Oct. 7, he and some volunteers made their way to the beaches with 2,300 dune grass plants, starting out at 10 a.m. from Sunset Park and finishing by early afternoon.

“It was amazing,” said the Central Bucks High School East sophomore. “It felt more like summer out there than early October. Some of the kids took their T-shirts off, it was getting so hot.”

A member of Boy Scout Troop 24 in Doylestown, Pa., Skowronek said he hopes to receive his Eagle Scout status by the end of the year.

“I’ve earned my required 21 merit badges, but the service project is probably the most challenging aspect because it involves leadership and a lot of responsibility,” he said. “I had to coordinate everything from beginning to end, and it takes a lot of time and work to get everything together. But one thing I knew right away was that I wanted to do something to benefit Harvey Cedars.”

The first step in making the project work was getting permission from the borough commission.

“We didn’t have any problems with it,” said Mayor Jonathan Oldham. “We always need to make sure our dunes are in good shape, and this goes a long way to strengthen them in case of storms.”

Next summer, Skowronek looks to begin his first season as a lifeguard with the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol. He came up through the Lifeguard in Training program.

“He’s been with the program a few years,” said Police Chief Robert Burnaford, a former lifeguard who still serves as an LIT instructor. “I was one of the people he sought out when he started planning for the project. I know he’s a good kid and comes from a great family, and he’s a youngster the town can be very proud of. He is very much deserving of his Eagle Scout badge.”

— Eric Englund


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