It’s 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. The sun bears down on workers putting the final pieces onto a new shelter behind Galion Intermediate School. Garrett Murphy, who is in charge of the project, watches with pride as his vision becomes a reality.
Not bad for someone about to go into the seventh grade.
Murphy is a member of Boy Scout Troop 304. For his Eagle Scout project, he decided to build an open-frame shelter on the school campus, in order to compliment the existing nature trail that the scouts finished last year.
On Aug. 7, 8 and 9, Murphy was assisted by his fellow scouts and numerous adults — including his parents, Scott and Lori — to install the frame. The shelter measures 16 by 24 feet.
He hopes the shelter will be a nice addition to the school. “I’m happy with how it turned out,” Murphy commented. “I learned [construction] is tougher than it looks.”
The best part for him? Getting to be the boss.
The roofing is to be done by Strickler Enterprises. Eventually blue limestone will be installed for the floor and the area surrounding the structure will be landscaped.
Galion City Schools Superintendent Mark Stefanik stopped by to check on the progress. He said the shelter highlights the possibilities of outdoor education and the nature trail.
“It provides a starting point for the district and will be another learning piece for teachers to use,” Stefanik said.
The shelter is one of Troop 304’s biggest projects to date. Like the nature trail, it is here for the whole community to use.
Other scouts have coordinated their projects with Murphy’s. Gabe Phillips is building picnic tables to go inside the shelter.
Landon Rose is planning an outdoor classroom, to be located beneath a large Oak tree behind the shelter near the trail entrance. Rose is in the process of getting signatures and final approval.
Murphy’s project was made possible due to generous donations. Gledhill Lumber provided the wood, Quinn’s of Bucyrus allowed the use of a Bobcat and local architect Bruce Heinlen helped with the blueprints. Bob Johnston, Galion city building inspector, waived the fees for the building permit.
The Cobey Foundation, Galion Kiwanis Club, Galion Rotary Club, Galion PTO, Walmart and Affinity Healthworks all provided monetary donations.
The shelter and nature trail are located directly behind the Intermediate School, across from the playground.