Soccer practices will benefit this fall from the completion of a new kick wall at Orchard City's Field of Dreams. Placed between the two north fields, the wall measures eight feet tall.
The wall is part of a two-part community project by Cameron Signs, a boy scout with Troop # 482. First, in the fall, Signs marked the lines on soccer fields so they don't need to be remeasured year after year. Then he decided to build a soccer kick wall.
He had another community project in mind for his Eagle Scout project but heard the Surface Creek Soccer Club, which he has friends and siblings in, needed these jobs completed.
Planning for this project started about eight months ago by working with the planning commission, building inspector and approaching the OC board of trustees for approval. Once approved Signs waited for the ground to thaw before setting the posts.
Funds for the materials were mostly donated, said Signs. The soccer club also contributed.
The wall is made out of pressure-treated plywood, six inch by six inch posts and concrete footers placed two feet into the ground. Both sides are usable and its location will not affect the sprinklers.
Signs said he had a lot of help from friends and family completing this project; more than 50 man hours were invested.
A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedaredge, Signs has been a Boy Scout since age 12. On Sign's sash are 43 merit badges; well above the 21 required to become an Eagle Scout.
"Eagle Scout is a big achievement not many people get," said Signs. Only about six percent of Boy Scouts ever earn Eagle rank nationwide. Signs hopes being an Eagle Scout will benefit his military career. He plans to join the military after serving for two years as a missionary with his church following graduation next spring.