Eagle Scout Badge a Tough Earn for Robbins
By Seth Mabry
Marvin Robbins had to have his Eagle Scout project completed by his 18th birthday, which was April 7.
In the summer of 2011, Robbins contacted Jason Harpe, Executive Director at Lincoln County Historical Association, who had several ideas to assist Robbins in achieving his Eagle Scout badge. Harpe had several ideas but one jumped out at Robbins; Robbins could build a kayak access point on Clark’s Creek behind the site of Ramsour’s Mill.
Robbins, a senior at North Lincoln High School and a member of Eagle Scout Troop 75 in Lincolnton, jumped on the idea that Harpe purposed.
“I loved it,” Robbins said. “It sounded really cool.”
But soon after, Robbins was met with many obstacles.
“At first, we thought it was not going to work. Things were not inspected and we ran into some legal issues. We were at a stand-still,” Robbins said
Even though his deadline to complete the project was still several months away, Robbins could feel the pressure of the project bearing on him. He began to explore other options to meet his badge requirements.
Then in November, Robbins receives a breath of fresh air in the form of a phone call from Harpe.
“We are ready to go (with the project),” was the message that Harpe passed along to Robbins.
“I was happy! I couldn’t wait to get out there,” Robbins expressed.
But Mother Nature had to throw her own wrench into the schedule.
“A December storm left a bunch of limbs and debris right at the spot we had chosen for the access,” Robbins said. “We would have had to see about clearing out the tree and get contractors to remove the debris.”
But this snag didn’t rattle Robbins too much.
“My mom was sweating bullets, but I was not worried too much,” Robbins said.
Instead of the time-consuming task of clearing out the remnants of the storm, the access point would just be moved down stream about 50 yards.
In January, Robbins began to ask for donations and supplies and with help from scout leaders and fellow pack members, they started to clear the land and lay cement in March.
Once the projected was started, things went a lot smoother.
“The weather was nice, not too hot and not to cold.”
Once the site was prepped, the project was taken in door to build the steps and floodwall.
Rodney Hoyle, who is Robbins’ assistant scout leader, used his workshop to be the headquarters to do the carpentry work.
“Rodney really mentored me. He pushed me and said, “I want you to achieve this Eagle Scout Badge.”
In late March, the steps were anchored into place and the project was completed on April 17th.
“It was a sigh of relief. But it was totally worth it,” Robbins said.
On May 19 during the Ramsour’s Mill re-enactment weekend, a marker was unveiled to include the Clark’s Creek Kayak/Canoe Access as part of the Carolina Tread Trail.
Even though Robbins is not much of a kayaker himself, he did tackle some rapids on the Roanoke River when we went with his troops to the Outer Banks.
He will set sail on a much larger boat later this year as he will enroll in the Navy and attend boot camp in Michigan in November with plans of making a career there as a culinary specialist.
Having his Eagle Scout badge will allow Robbins to enter the Navy with an E-3 rank.
Even with the hectic scheduling and uncertainties that were thrust upon him, Robbins still enjoyed achieving his Eagle Scout honor.
“Even though this had a lot of ups and downs, it was still a very fun project,” he said.