Wish List

Looking for a community service project?  See below for ideas.  Prospective Eagle Scouts: Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information about working with the Trails Committee to complete an Eagle Scout project. These project are listed in no particular order: 

1. Paugussett Trail - Meadow Street to Independence: Bog walks & "hardened" trail (stepping stones rocks) for wet areas. Multiple areas, multiple projects.

2. Gristmill Trail:  Needs a small pile of solidified concrete removed and trail stabilization on one section that gets washed out when the Far Mill River jumps its banks and runs down the trail. This trail section is near the Judson Street end of the trail and has a lot of exposed roots. Some heavy gravel fill may be necessary. It floods about once a year and there is a strong current when it floods. (See map)

3Paugussett Bridge over Round Hill Brook at Monroe border. PENDING.

4. Stockmal Trail: Bog walk at approach to bridge

5. Nicholdale Farm (Land Trust property): Bog walks over wet areas.

Instructions for Eagle Scout Service Projects involving Shelton Trails

Boy Scouts interested in performing their Eagle Scout Service Project are requested to follow the following procedures. Shelton Trails has a list of potential projects listed on our blog (above). 

However scouts are encouraged to propose other projects involving trails. To select one of the listed projects or to propose your own project, contact Bill Dyer via phone, 203-668-8707, or email, billdyer3@gmail.com. Once a project is selected, the scout should talk to his scout leaders to insure it meets the requirements of an Eagle Service Project. Bill may assign another member of the Trails Committee to work with scout. The scout is requested to contact his assigned Trails Representative at least once per month by phone or email to verify continued interest in the project as he develops his detailed plan. The Trails Representative will sign the Eagle Service Project forms as the project Beneficiary. Should the scout decide on another project not involving Trails, he should immediately make contact to release the project to another scout.

All projects involving Shelton Trails must be presented to the Trails Committee and Conservation Commission for approval before work can begin. Trails meet on the first Wednesday of each month in Room 303 of City Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 pm and Conservation follows Trails at 7:00 to conclusion. Thus the scout is encouraged to come to Trails after 6:30 to present and then stay until Conservation convenes for a second presentation.

If the project involves crossing a stream or wetlands, the scout must also get the approval of the Shelton Inland Wetlands Commission. In order to obtain their approval, the scout must first meet with John Cook, the Inland Wetlands Officer, and fill in their application form. This must be done a week or more before the Inland Wetlands meeting, which occurs on the second Thursday of every month, also in room 303 of City Hall, starting at 7:00 pm. To meet with John Cook (203-924-1555, ext 23), the scout needs to make an appointment to meet with the Trails Representative and John at his office in City Hall, also in room 303, during his work hours of 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Usually the scouts will get Trails/Conservation approval first, but if the schedule dictates, the scout may get Inland Wetlands approval first. After receiving all approvals, the scout and Trails Representative should meet at the site, can be the first day of the work, to insure no surprises with the finished product.   

The Trails Committee has a wide variety of hand tools available for use and a 6-wheeled “Gator” very useful for bringing heavy materials into a trail location. Once the project is completed to the satisfaction of the scout and the Trails Representative, he/she will sign off on the project and prepare the required acceptance letter. If schedules permit, the Trails Representative will come to the Court of Honor to say a few words on behalf of the scout and the benefit of the project to the trail user. 

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