The Federal Way National Little League fields at Sacajawea Middle School received some much needed TLC, thanks to Boy Scout troop 392.
“We are rebuilding these old dugouts as part of my Eagle project,” said Eric Holder, a Boy Scout and renovation project leader. “It’s a requirement to get my Eagle Scout rank.”
Boy Scouts of America is a values-based youth development organization for ages 11 through 17.
By completing a series of achievements, the scouts can advance to higher ranks of the scouting system. An Eagle Scout is the highest rank, attained by earning a total of 21 merit badges among other requirements.
As a former Federal Way National Little League player himself, Holder’s final requirement project hits home.
“Little League was the most encouraging environment for me,” Holder said, who began playing Little League baseball at 6 years old.
Although located on Sacajawea Middle School campus, the fields are primarily operated and cared for by FWNLL, after a merger with the previous owners, Federal Way American, in 2012.
Holder presented the idea of renovating the dugouts to 16 FWNLL board members about six months ago and the board approved.
Most of the materials were donated by Home Depot, and the time donated by eager volunteers.
Holder, along with the help of a few friends, family members and other troops, took to the dugouts on Saturday.
The plan is to remodel all four dugouts, with completion expected by early next week.
“It’s great for the kids,” said FWNLL President Charles Heitman. “Over the years, the dugouts have been vandalized. So it’s a good upgrade for the Little League community.”
Little League teaches life lessons, he said, which can be learned from umpiring to field play to completing projects to benefit the community of the league.
For more information or to sign up for Federal Way National Little League, visit fwnll.org.