A chance to give back

Eagle Scout candidate creates emergency splits for ski patrol volunteers at Mount Peter, where he learned to ski and snowboard

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  • From left to right: Jim Mehling, Patrol Director, Mike Meade, Scout Liason and Young Adult patroller coordinator, Eagle Scout candidate Evan Floreck and his father, Paul Floreck. Evan Floreck recently delivered 15 emergency leg and arm splints to the Mount Peter Ski Patrol as part of his Eagle Scout community project.



— Evan Floreck, an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 45 of Warwick, recently delivered 15 emergency leg and arm splints to the Mount Peter Ski Patrol.

For the past 12 months, Evan planned and organized the project, raised the funds, purchased the materials, then built the splints over a number of weekends with the assistance of his fellow scouts.

'To see it all come together'
In all, the project required 150 hours of work to complete. He received $850 in donations for the project from sources including Mount Peter skiers, Warwick community members, friends and family.

He was also able to receive discounts from a number of generous local suppliers, enabling him to finish the project under budget and donate the extra proceeds directly to the Mount Peter Ski Patrol.

“It was exciting to see it all come together,” Evan said in the press release detailing his project. “I learned a lot about the many steps involved and time required in managing and executing a significant project, as well as interacting with all the great individuals and organizations who were so supportive of my effort. It also feels good to be able to help the community and in particular, the great people of the Mount Peter Ski Patrol who volunteer so much of their time and energy to assist others during the ski season.

"I learned to ski and snowboard at Mount Peter," he added, "and it’s really nice to be able to give back to those who are always there if you need them."

A passion for scouting and sports

The son of Paul and Carrie and brother of Alanna Floreck of Warwick, Evan began Scouting as a Tiger Cub in first grade and has worked his way up through the ranks for the past 10 years, completing 23 merit badges, enjoying many hiking and camping trips, helping his fellow scouts with their projects and serving in various leadership roles within his troop along the way.

His community service project is among the last major steps toward the rank of Eagle, which he anticipates achieving this fall.

Evan remains an avid snowboarder and wakeboarder. He received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do at a young age and played baseball and lacrosse throughout school.

As the team’s goalie, Evan was a captain of Warwick Valley High School’s Varsity Lacrosse team and this spring helped them win the Section IX Championship, a collective accomplishment which he is also very proud to have been a part of.

He enjoys working for the Muto family at the Italian Villa and this summer is helping run a clinic for young lacrosse players for the Town of Warwick.

Mentors
Evan is grateful for the many great mentors and leaders he has had throughout his Boy Scouting experience, including Troop Leaders Dan Miller, Ben Pearce, Scot Brown, Mark Curran, the late Clayton Eurich, his Eagle project advisor Micah O’Connor, as well as the many other leaders of Troop 45 who have guided and influenced him along the way.

He also counts Warwick Valley High School Varsity Lacrosse coach Graig McElroy, as well as Master Doug Cook of Chosun Tae Kwon Do, as positive influences in his life who, along with his many supportive family members, have helped him learn the value of hard work and perseverance in achieving success.

Evan graduated from Warwick Valley High School in June and looks forward to attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall, where he plans to pursue a degree in business administration and management.

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