The courtyard at the Delta County Museum has been in dire need of cleaning and reorganization.
Museum director Jim Wetzel long felt the project would be perfect for a Boy Scout looking to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.
He put the word out informally, and Alexander Camp, a longtime Boy Scout from Cedaredge, stepped forward.
After walking through the courtyard with Wetzel, Alexander came up with a list of projects, determined what materials he’d need, and began contacting donors. One of the priorities was painting the cupola which stood atop Lincoln School. The cupola never had a bell, but in the courtyard the Central School bell hangs from the distinctive landmark. Mesa Rentals provided the scaffolding to reach the top of the cupola, and Sherwin Williams donated paint. Next, Alexander directed his work crew, which included eight to 10 fellow Scouts and three to five adults, to move the exhibits from beneath the courtyard canopy. Then they power washed the surface and applied sealer, courtesy of Delta Hardware. Doughty Steel provided steel plates, so when the exhibits were moved back into place the weight would be distributed evenly and they’d no longer sink into the ground. Wetzel arranged for descriptive plaques to be made that will be mounted on each exhibit. At one time, Wetzel said, the exhibits had a number that corresponded to a chart on the wall. That chart was so faded, it was no longer legible. “Now we hope people will learn from viewing these artifacts and seeing what they were used for.”
The boys swept the entire courtyard, gathered up leaves and hosed down surfaces. The museum was closed several days as interior exhibits were also reorganized.
“This is a real milestone for us,” Wetzel said. The courtyard contains an old homesteader’s cabin, the city’s 1890 jail, farm implements and a collection of bells, all of which can now be more fully appreciated by museum patrons.
Alexander is a senior at Cedaredge High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 482. Since he was a young Scout, he said he set his sights on a project that would truly make an impact on the community. “I never wanted my project to be easy,” he said.