Local Boy Scout, Elijah Wickerham, from BSA Troop 60, based in West Union, has just completed a rather unique Eagle Project. The Paddler’s Guide to Ohio Brush Creek
“This project was different from the usual Eagle Scout project,” said Wickerham, “It let me practice my people skills and work on two skills I enjoy; writing and drawing.”
Wickerham who has been paddling Brush Creek his entire life, said he felt this was something he could really talk about. When asked about what he hoped to accomplish with the project Wickerham replied, “I want to draw in visitors and local alike to experience the water of Brush Creek. There are too many people that live with Brush Creek right under their nose who never experience it. It would also be great to bring in new visitors to see the wonders of Adams county.”
The Paddler’s Guide which was written and illustrated by Wickerham, is a comprehensive guide complied to make each excursion a success
The following excerpt from the guide description paints the full picture of its depth: It includes a profile of each public access on the main branch of the Ohio Brush Creek. Each access point is described with details such as water level, distance to the next access, and parking.
The guide begins with a section addressing safety and general information. Then It moves on to tips about packing, preparation, and paddling. After the basics, one will find information specific to Ohio Brush Creek, like several recommended floats by experienced local paddlers Bob and Sylvia Lieb, Martin McAllister, and Daniel Wickerham. It also highlights attractions in Adams County like the Cedar Mills grist mill and Serpent Mound. If you have ever considered paddling Brush Creek, are looking for a place to paddle, or are curious to learn something new, go check it out.
Eagle Scout projects are completed by scouts who reach Life Rank and wish to become Eagle Scouts. In addition to the Eagle Scout project req
Following the completion of the requirements, the scout will then undergo a Board of Review composed of District and Local Scout Leaders, Past Eagle Scouts, and local community leaders to determine
Wickerham, age 17, who has completed all the requirements will now wait for his review date to be scheduled.
This project, which according to Wickerham, has taken 201 hours (hour tracking is project requirement) will be an amazing asset for new and old paddlers of Brush Creek alike and is just the kind of thing that Adams County needs to bring more visitors out to enjoy the beauty of our county.
You can find the guide online and available for download at adamssoilandwater.org/a-paddlers-guide-to-ohio-brush-creek.html