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Tolman’s Eagle project helps Manteca Fire Department

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Tolman’s Eagle project helps Manteca Fire Department

Ben Tolman, left, gives volunteers instructions on fire hydrant maintenance.

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POSTED March 16, 2009 3:42 a.m.
Ben Tolman and 45 volunteers did maintenance on 200 fire hydrants in Manteca to fulfill a requirement for his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Award.
After instructing the volunteers of their duties, Tolman divided them into teams of two or three and gave them a maintenance check off list of 10 things to accomplish and inspect. They opened valves, inspected gaskets, wiped them off, sprayed lubricant, tightened caps and did general inspection of the fire hydrants and surrounding area. This service took over 100 man hours to complete. The maintenance was appreciated help for the Manteca Fire Department.
Tolman, 13, is the son of Chris and Holly Tolman of Manteca. He has an older brother, Garrett, who is on a mission for their church and a sister, Allison attending Brigham Young University. He belongs to Boy Scout Troop 440, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the first in his family to receive the Eagle Award. He attends Woodward School where he is on the honor roll and received a special math award. He plays the trumpet, guitar and sings in a choir. During the summer a group of his friends organized a band.
“I like going to scout camp where we learn about survival and earn merit badges along with having fun,” said Tolman.
This year he is in the High Adventure group where they go for three to four days on a hike where they will really learn wilderness survival and the art of canoeing. He has completed all the requirements for his Eagle Award and is waiting the six months between Life Rank and Eagle.
Through Boy Scouts he has had a chance to learn leadership skills, travel, serve other people and serve the community. After completing the project he needs to face the Eagle Scout board of review in a 45 to 60 minute interview about his Scouting experiences and how the principles of Scouting has helped him in his life.
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