Austin Jeffery Clears XC Trail, Completes Eagle Scout Service Project
Austin Jeffery, PCA eighth-grader, is clearing a wooded trail on the school’s campus as his Troop 111 Eagle Scout project. The trail will be used for cross-country training, athletic conditioning, and Bible classes. The project is a partnership between Jeffery, Prattville Christian Academy, Messiah Church, Hunter Hills Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church. The trail is located behind PCA’s baseball and football fields and crosses onto land provided by Messiah Church.
“The trail will be a safer alternative for student-athletes as it will keep them from having to run alongside and cross over the heavily traveled Old Farm Lane,” said Jeffery. “It will also be used as a walking path for students to connect with God’s creation.”
Jeffery, along with PCA’s outdoor classroom program and other volunteers, will expand the trail from its current length of .75 miles to 3.2 miles – the distance of a 5K. He has opened the service project to other student organizations on campus as well as fellow boy scouts to earn required service hours. Clearing of the trail began in March and Jeffery predicts that it will be completed by the start of the new school year.
“I am very proud that Austin joined our cross country team this year and decided to take on this project,” said Ken Lantz, PCA’s cross country coach. ”It has been my desire for many years to have a safe place for our team to practice on or near our campus. I am looking forward to the possibility of hosting our first cross-country meet that will utilize this new trail along with PCA’s existing Outdoor Classroom trail.”