Manx Scouts volunteer manages U.S fundraising project from Isle of Man in order to achieve highest rank in Boy Scouts of America
A local boy and volunteer with the Manx Scouts is managing a fundraising effort in a Southern California beach community to help him achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest possible rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
Ryan Hollreiser, a 15-year-old Abbeylands resident, was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America for many years before his family moved to the Isle of Man in 2011. He continued pursuing his Eagle rank and has nearly completed all of the requirements to reach the rank of Eagle, which only approximately two per cent of Boy Scouts have achieved since the rank was introduced in 1911.
Hollreiser is a youth leader for the 1st Santan (1d Sondane) Cubs of the Manx Scouts, mentoring younger Scouts. In addition to this Manx Scouting and Boy Scouts of America service, Hollreiser is working toward his silver level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
“Ryan is very committed to service and has been a terrific volunteer for 1st Santan” said Wendy Corkill, Troop Leader. “The Manx Scouts wish him the best of luck in achieving Eagle Scout rank.”
One of the many Eagle Scout requirements is to organise and supervise a service project in the Scout’s community. Hollreiser is raising funds to create a community rest stop for local dog owners at the St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, California, bringing a much-needed area for dogs to safely relieve themselves in the neighborhood.
While Hollreiser worked with the church officials and his BSA Troop in the US, he has also engaged the help of people here in Isle of Man. The blueprint for the project was created by John Wilson, a family friend and well known architect here in the IOM who volunteered to help. School friend, Matthew Billinghurst, agreed to create an artist’s rendering of the park.
Hollreiser must raise approximately $4,500 for the project. In a modern twist to Scouting tradition, he is using web-based crowd-sourcing to raise funds and has set up a dedicated web site www.hermosahappypaws.com to providing information, updates and a secure donation mechanism for fundraising.
The grounds at St. Cross include the largest plot of open grass in the neighborhood, providing an attractive destination for dogs and their owners. Unfortunately, the site’s popularity is killing the grass and spoiling the beauty for church-goers and also the small lawns of local neighbors.
“St. Cross welcomes all of our neighbors: human and canine,” said Rev. Rachel Nyback, Rector of St. Cross. “This new area will help protect the existing neighborhood landscape, while providing a dedicated area for local dogs and neighbors to meet.”
The rest stop will be constructed on an under-utilised area of land on the church property, and will include a ground covering of decomposed granite, a fire hydrant, a dog bag dispenser, and a water fountain for humans and dogs to drink from. Assuming the necessary funds are raised, the project will be performed by volunteers from the Boy Scouts, the St. Cross congregation and local residents on April 26th and 27th.
For more information or to donate, visit www.hermosahappypaws.com or email St. Cross Episcopal Church at email@example.com.