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Hampton Scout seeks Eagle badge with N.H. SPCA project

posted Aug 30, 2008, 10:12 AM by Boy Scout Troop 856   [ updated Aug 30, 2008, 10:14 AM by Boy Scout Troop 856 ]

HAMPTON —— A Hampton Eagle Scout is putting rescued dogs at the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on a better path. Literally.

Winnacunnet High School senior John Derba, 17, of Boy Scout Troop No. 176 in Hampton will construct a walking path for dogs at the SPCA in Stratham to achieve his Eagle Scout status. "I figured it would benefit a larger community rather than just a single town," Derba said. "Not only the people but the animals, too."

With this new trail, SPCA volunteers can walk dogs along it rather than in the parking lot or along the edges of the back yard, Derba said. The trail will wind around the outskirts of the outdoor kennels and dog exercise pens behind the SPCA building.

The path will be made using garden path stones and there will be small rock gardens decorating the edges of the trail. Derba is receiving assistance with the rock work and gardens from Stratham Hill Stone and Stratham Hill Nursery.

The SPCA is in the process of getting granite benches engraved with names of people who have donated to the organization in the past for placement along the trail.

Paula Parisi, SPCA manager of humane education programs, said they wanted a dog walking path and nature trail for a long time. She said the SPCA has large grounds that people walk the dogs on, but it will be nice for people to have the trail.

"We're really excited about it," Parisi said. "It will be a great addition to the landscaping here."

Derba had to finish a number of preliminary requirements before even applying for his Eagle Scout project. He has many merit badges, has done hours of community service, was the senior patrol leader of his troop for three years and is currently the junior assistant Scout master.

The goal of his project is not for Derba to actually construct the path, but to display the leadership skills he has learned as a Boy Scout. He will have help from his troop, SPCA workers and volunteers to build the trail.

Derba will hold a yard sale to raise money for his project on Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his house, 18 Belmont Circle in Hampton. He is accepting monetary donations people can send to his house to support the project. Derba hopes to have the project completed by the end of September.

Derba said when he is finished with high school and the Boy Scouts, he hopes to go to college to major in cinematography with a minor in acting.


John Derba, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 176 in Hampton holds a yard sale this weekend, Aug. 30-31 to raise money for his Eagle Scout project for the N.H. SPCA. The sale is at his home, 18 Belmont Circle, Hampton. Monetary donations can be mailed to him at this address.