Scout designs, builds fowl pen at animal sanctuary
Tyler Durfey recently completed his Eagle Scout project, a pen for rescued fowl at Gress Mountain Ranch and Sanctuary, Orefield.
Durfey, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 12, Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall Township, decided to build the pen after the owner of the ranch, Kathryn Gress, provided him a list of project ideas.
"I first heard about the Gress Mountain Ranch from friends and fellow Scouts at Asbury United Methodist Church," Durfey said. "I have always loved animals and thought what a better place to do a project and help the community than at an animal rescue sanctuary."
Durfey said his Eagle Scout project was to plan, design and construct a new pen for turkeys and ducks at the ranch.
His parents Robert and Belinda, brother Kyle and mentor Ken Fink helped with the planning, design and construction of the project.
After his initial meetings with Gress to understand the needs of the pen, Durfey had design sessions with his mentor to discuss layout building specifications, equipment lists and project supplies.
"I continued meeting with the owner for building alterations and changes she wanted, to have the best shelter for her animals," Durfey said. "This was a lengthy and involved project."
Durfey, who has been a Boy Scout for 13 years, expects to earn the rank of Eagle Scout by February.
He said he earned the Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts and has has served as Patrol Leader, Librarian, Troop Guide and Assistant Senior Patrol leader.
Durfey has earned Camping, Citizenship, Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, First Aid, Personal Fitness, Personal Management and Swimming badges.
He has also earned Archery, Astronomy, Basketry, Cooking, Fingerprinting, Geology, Leatherwork, Mammal Study, Photography, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Rifle Shooting, Space Exploration and Wood Carving badges.
When he is not at school or Scouts, Durfey, a senior at Whitehall-Coplay High School, watches sports.
After graduation, he plans on earning a Bachelor's degree in sports management and aspires to work for ESPN.
"I would like to thank my family and friends," Durfey said. "And, a special thanks to my friend and mentor Ken Fink."