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      July 22, 2011

Eagle Scout Project
Volunteers Needed July 30, 2011, for Archery Target Project at Bear Brook State Park

CONCORD, N.H. -- Eagle Scout candidate James Kirk, age 17, of Hampstead, N.H., is planning a volunteer work day on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Bear Brook State Park to build and replace targets on the archery range managed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. James is coordinating the effort for his Eagle Scout project. The work day will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  His goal is to finish all the targets that day. If you can help, please contact James directly at

The project came about because the Bear Brook State Park archery range was in serious disrepair.  The new targets being built by James and his volunteers will greatly reduce the costs and labor associated with the upkeep of the range by Fish and Game.

"This future Eagle Scout has gone way above and beyond with his project," said Josh Mackay, N.H. Fish and Game's Hunter Education Coordinator. "Jim was only required to replace three targets to fulfill the requirements.  In June, he brought together about 15 volunteers for the first work day, about half of them adults. In spite of pouring rain, this crew completed six of the 14 targets. All those who will be able to practice archery at this public range in the future will benefit from this young man's efforts."

James has now raised enough funds to replace all 14 targets -- each target costs about $500 in materials -- and, with the assistance of the Easton Foundation, will add a 15th target.  He is still raising funds to provide for future maintenance at the range.

James is a member of Boy Scout Troop 163 in Chester and a Junior at Pinkerton Academy. 

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