El Paso County, May 29, 2012 – The El Paso County Board of Commissioners today honored a local Boy Scout Martin Rendleman whose Eagle Scout service project was the completion of a short hiking trail and construction of a picnic site at historic Rainbow Falls. Rendleman contacted the Rainbow Falls Coalition, which consists of seven volunteer organizations and government agencies partnering to restore Rainbow Falls, and began planning his project more than a year ago. He coordinated his plans with El Paso County Parks, raised $1300 in cash and donated materials and supplies and enlisted the help of his friends and neighbors in building 80 feet of trail and a concrete pad for the picnic tables. Members of Martin’s Troop 268 of the Pikes Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America contributed 244 hours the day of the event for a total of 310 volunteer hours on the project.
Commissioner Sallie Clark, whose district includes the historic Rainbow Falls area noted, “Thanks to Martin, visitors to Rainbow Falls area now have a completed pedestrian path to a convenient picnic spot with a great view of the creek and canyon. This is a very important contribution to the ongoing restoration and improvement of Rainbow Falls and we’re especially proud of him for getting so many young people involved in environmental stewardship efforts.”
Also in attendance for the presentation of the Resolution was Doug Edmundson from Manitou Environmental Citizens Action (MECA) which has championed clean up and restoration of the Rainbow Falls area along Martin’s mother, Kay.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, Rendleman has served in troop leadership positions and earned a variety of merit badges in addition to the successful completion of the Rainbow Falls community service project. Since its introduction in 1911, more than two million Boy Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
As part of the Resolution, “El Paso County expressed its sincere appreciation to Martin for his dedication, planning and coordination in this important improvement project at Rainbow Falls Recreation Area.”
EL PASO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISIONERS
Resolution to recognize
WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was founded in 1910 on the premise
that to be a good citizen you must provide service to others; and
WHEREAS, the Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America helps prepare young
people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes based on
the values of the Scout Oath and Law; and
WHEREAS, the Eagle Scout Award is the highest award attainable in Boy Scouts, with
only two percent of all youth entering the program achieving this rank;
WHEREAS, earning an Eagle Scout Award requires a young man to complete all the
requirements of active tenure; display Scout spirit; earn 21 merit badges;
complete positions of responsibility; plan, develop and provide leadership
to others in a service project; and attend the Scoutmaster conference;
WHEREAS, Martin Rendleman is a member of Troop 268 of the Frontier District within
the Pikes Peak Council of Boy Scouts; and
WHEREAS, Martin approached the Rainbow Falls Coalition, which consists of seven
organizations and government agencies that are partnering to restore
Rainbow Falls, to complete his eagle scout project at the Rainbow Falls
Recreation Area; and
WHEREAS, the Rainbow Falls Coalition unanimously supported Martin’s proposal to
construct a picnic area at Rainbow Falls; and
WHEREAS, Martin coordinated the overall project that included the installation of
eighty feet of trail, new picnic pad and picnic table; and
WHEREAS, Martin committed sixty-six volunteer hours coordinating his Eagle project
that also included the assistance of forty-two friends, family members and
Troop members who donated an additional 244 hours the day of the
event for a total of 310 volunteer hours; and
WHEREAS, Martin raised over $1,300 in cash and donated materials for the project;
WHEREAS, El Paso County expresses its sincere appreciation to Martin for his
dedication, planning and coordination of this important improvement
project at Rainbow Falls Recreation Area.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this resolution be read into the record and
then delivered to Martin Rendleman in recognition of his achievement in attaining the
Eagle Scout Award.
DONE THIS 29th day of May, 2012 at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO
Amy Lathen, Chair
Sallie Clark, Vice Chair
Dennis Hisey, Member
Darryl Glenn, Member
Peggy Littleton, Member
County Clerk and Recorder