Scouts: Making a Difference in our Community

Matt Hines (left) and Judah Kester
Matt Hines (left) and Judah Kester.
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Mayor Frank Bubenik and the Tualatin City Council honored four Scouts for their contributions to the community. Over the past six months, these Scouts completed one of the requirements necessary to achieve Scouting BSA’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. Each Scout proposed, planned, and completed a service project designated by the City’s Parks Maintenance Team.

Sophia Wang
Sophia Wang

Matt Hines, a senior at Tualatin High School, repaired and replaced 120 feet of split rail and wire fence at Jurgens Park. He logged 100 hours to prepare for and complete the project and engaged 18 volunteer scouts and parents in the effort. 

Judah Kester, a freshman at Portland State, removed and refinished three wooden benches in Tualatin Community Park. Judah and his volunteers also planted a new shade tree and cleaned up the water and sand play area.

Samuel Coleman
Samuel Coleman

Samuel Coleman, a senior at Mountainside High School, completed three projects at Brown’s Ferry Park. Sam installed a new bench, cleaned up the boardwalk, and installed 15 yards of mulch on the west end of the park with the help of 18 volunteers.

Sophia Wang, a senior at West Linn High School, refinished five benches at Jurgens Park with 10 volunteers. Sophia and Troop 5555 spent 104 hours sanding, replacing boards, and sealing the benches.

Thank you to these Scouts and their troop members for giving their time and energy to projects that enhance and preserve our parks, greenspaces, trails, and community assets.

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Jackie Konen
is the Volunteer Program Manager for the Tualatin Public Works Department, Advisory Boards and Committees, and Summer Youth Programs. She works closely with the Parks Maintenance Department engaging volunteers in all things outside in parks, greenspaces, and trails. If you want to plant trees, get tough on trash, or give a park a hug, get in touch with Jackie at