Scout builds wheelchair swing in Mustang park
When Kyle Brock was a Tiger Scout in 2014, he had an assignment through his Mustang Scout Pack 398 that opened his eyes to what it’s like to be handicapped. For his assignment, Kyle experienced staying in a wheelchair for a few days.
While at the playground one day, Kyle wasn’t able to do anything while in his wheelchair as other children jumped and played all around. Kyle’s brother, Trevor, took note of his little brother’s disappointment and right then and there, the inspiration for his Eagle Scout project was born. Kyle, however, went on to earn his Academics Pin as part of the “Disabilities Awareness” assignment.
Trevor is a member of Troop 396, led by Scoutmaster Ed Deemer and has been involved in Scouts since he was nine. He is the son of Darrell and LeAnn Brock.
“We went to the park and he had to stay in his chair,” Trevor said. “He had nothing to do.”
After many months, Trevor had his plan together to build a handicap swing in Wildhorse Park. Trevor paid for the $1,892 swing mostly on his own, using his Boy Scout account made up of funds he has raised from countless fundraisers over the years. A few additional donations made the swing possible though, he noted.
The rest of the materials, including concrete, fencing, sand and much more, were donated by Mustang businesses and outside the city as well.
“I am really grateful for the help I received,” Trevor said.
Aug. 2 is when the real work began and a team of volunteers, mostly Trevor’s Scout family, along with his parents and others, started the project.
The construction of the pad the swing would sit on was the first step. Workers from the City of Mustang helped level out the surface quickly with the use of a small Bobcat and volunteers cleared the area of rocks, making sure it was the right dimensions and level.
A wood frame was built next, the pad area filled with bags of sand and leveled once again on the following work day.
The next work week was when the project really started taking shape and the excitement of everyone involved could be seen. Concrete, donated by Metro Ready-Mix, was poured and leveled by volunteers and city workers.
At the end of the day, a small Boy Scout medal, provided by fellow Scout mom and volunteer Rhonda Simonson, was inserted into the concrete to give proper recognition for the project.
A few days later, volunteers returned to put the swing together and install it on the concrete pad. Later that day, more concrete was poured, this time for the fence posts. Then the next day, the chain link fence was installed around the pad to keep swing riders safe.
The final step, although not part of Trevor’s project, was done at the hands of the city with the construction of a sidewalk from the nearby pavilion to the swing area. Trevor wasn’t on hand as he was in school, but mom and grandmother were there with lots of smiles and thank you’s for the workers.
“It’s a good day,” Trevor’s grandmother said. “This is the Lord’s doing that everything came together like it did.”
LeAnn Brock, Trevor’s mom, repeatedly expressed her thanks because her son’s project was finally complete in more than one way. Trevor also passed his project review, making him an official Eagle Scout.
“They told me it was a really good project and that they knew four to five minutes in that I would be approved but they enjoyed questioning me,” Trevor said about his board review experience.
Without the help of generous donors and more than 400 volunteer hours, Trevor knows his project would not have been possible
As the project leader, Trevor was not supposed to do any manual labor, but instead, he had to explain what to do and supervise others, as this is part of the Eagle Scout leadership process.
A ribbon cutting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 to open the swing to the public. It is currently blocked off and will be available for use after the ceremony is conducted.
Many smiles are sure to be ahead from kids of all ages, secured tightly in the wheelchair swing, as they soar high, just like an Eagle, in Trevor’s swing for years to come in Wildhorse Park.
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Eighteen-year-old Trevor has a bright future ahead of him.
He is planning to attend the Oklahoma State University institute of Technology in Okmulgee to pursue an engineering degree. He hopes to work one day as a mechanical engineer for the Oklahoma National Guard.
Trevor also plans to enroll in the Reserve Officer Training Corps after already serving in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Mustang High School as marksmanship commander.
Although he is completed with Boy Scouts as a member, he said he plans to continue attending meetings until he graduates to encourage younger Scouts to work toward their Eagle Scout sooner.
“I may enlist in the Army National Guard later in the school year. This will allow me to go to almost any college in Oklahoma, paid for by the military,” Trevor said.
“I would like to eventually become involved in Scouting again as an adult leader and pass on my knowledge to the younger generation,” Trevor said.
Trevor also attended Boys State and is a Sons of Union Veterans award recipient.