2017-08-10 / News

Scout creates new sign for Riverview Trail as Eagle project

By Sam Tunningley


Jonathan Eaton stands proud next to his Eagle Scout project – a new sign for the Riverview Trail. 
Photo by Diane Eaton Jonathan Eaton stands proud next to his Eagle Scout project – a new sign for the Riverview Trail. Photo by Diane Eaton The entrance to the Riverview Trail behind the Bueche’s Food World parking lot is now much easier to locate thanks to the hard work of Flushing High School student Jonathan Eaton, a member of Boy Scout Troop 302 who took the reins on creating a brand new sign for his Eagle Scout project.

Eaton, a sophomore, said many in the community were unaware of the trail due to its semi-hidden spot.

“I’ve gone to the trail for a few years, and my grandma always goes to Bueche’s and overhears people talking about not knowing where the trail is,” said Eaton.

Eaton and his family, noticing rot on the old sign, decided to replace the legs and move it to the pavilion along the trail following its removal. His new wooden sign was sketched and painted by himself, and he recruited the help of other scouts to lay the cement.

All in all, the project took a few weeks of building and a several months of coordination with the city, including proposals to the Flushing City Council and the Flushing Trail Committee. Eaton, in addition, still needs to complete a large amount of paperwork before he is designated as an Eagle.

Eaton, who has been with the Boy Scouts since fifth grade, is the only member of his family to successfully earn an Eagle Badge.

In his free time, Eaton runs a YouTube channel called Fusion Eleven, which has a primary focus on video games. He said his dream is a career as a YouTuber – his channel currently has over 300 subscribers – but he is also interested in video editing and game design.

“I’ve been doing [the channel] for a little more than a year, and so far it’s been fun,” said Eaton. “Even if I don’t make it big before college, I’ll still keep doing it.”

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