Scout project gives direction to Mulligan’s Hollow's hills

Krystle Wagner • Sep 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Nine signs throughout the Mulligan’s Hollow Recreational Area now display directions to each hill and their level of difficulty.

Brendan Vander Meer, 16, organized and oversaw a group of volunteers this past Saturday for the installation of the signs. It was for his Eagle Scout project.

Earning his Eagle Scout rank has been a longtime goal for Vander Meer, a member of Boy Scout Troop 165.

“People say that only around 4 percent of Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts,” he said. “So that’s motivated me to become an Eagle Scout, and it’s just been an awesome ride and I want to finish it.”

Vander Meer, who grew up snowboarding at Mulligan’s Hollow, said he chose the location for his project because he wanted to make a difference in a place he would see often. He said the project will serve as a visual reminder of his accomplishment and how he gave back to the community.

Prior to Saturday’s work, Vander Meer received the help of a man who used a CNC machine to create the signs. Once the signs were completed, Vander Meer painted them.

Vander Meer said he appreciated everyone’s help, and he plans to help the younger Boy Scouts when they work on their Eagle Scout projects.

Vander Meer is also a quarterback on the Grand Haven High School junior varsity football team and he’s involved in track.

Now a GHHS sophomore, Vander Meer has been involved scouting his entire life, starting with Cub Scouts. The teen said his involvement in Boy Scouts has taught him how to be a leader.

“It’s been really fun,” he added.

As volunteers installed the signs, Margie Vander Meer, Brendan’s mom, helped supervise and deliver food.

Watching her son work, Margie said the project involved a lot of hard work and planning on Brendan’s part, and he received a lot of support from the volunteers as well as advice and encouragement from others.

“It’s good to see everything finally come to fruition,” she said.

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