Boy Scouts recognized for work restoring Lorain’s Pulaski Park

The Lorain City Council honored Boy Scout Troop 427 and two of its members during a council meeting.

The troop was first introduced through proclamations from Mayor Jack Bradley.

Troop 427 was chartered in 1953 “with the mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices throughout their lives by teaching them the values ​​of Scout Oath and Law,” according to the proclamation.

The group has had 130 scouts earn Scouting’s highest honor since its inception, the rank of Eagle Scout, which ranks it in the sixth percent of troops earning that rank in the country, according to the document read by Bradley .

Two of the scouts, Lucas Young and William Bobek, assisted leaders of the city and the Lorain County Veterans Service Commission in planning and directing the restoration of historic Pulaski Park on West 15th Street.

In addition to Young and Bobek, other Scouts, their families and volunteers, including neighbors of the park, also donated more than 400 hours to the restoration, the proclamation said.

Bobek began his scouting adventures in 2018 as a Cub Scout, according to the second proclamation.

He has earned 32 merit badges.

As part of the scouting program, young people regularly attend meetings and are invited to summer and weekend camp outings.

Bobek has competed on the football team and is a member of the varsity bowling team at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst.

He is a Lorain County Joint Vocational School student pursuing a career as an auto mechanic, and he works two part-time jobs.

In a third proclamation, Young was also honored for his assistance with the project.

“Lucas was a vital member of the group that helped restore the park to an area that local veterans and citizens would be proud to visit and honor Casmir Pulaski, the ‘father’ of our U.S. Cavalry,” Bradley said.

Young led the first phase of the park renovation, totaling 198 volunteer hours.

He also recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and has earned 27 merit badges.

Young has also held leadership positions in the troop, including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, librarian, instructor and troop guide.

He plans to visit as many of the province’s national parks as possible.

Young has built and delivered beds for children from poor families in the city, Bradley said.

With a 4.6 grade point average at Steele High, he has earned his black belt in taekwondo. He also competes in band and tennis and has previously competed in track and field and cross country, the mayor said.

Young is interested in a career in technology.

Several troop leaders, parents and participants, including Bobek and Young, attended the June 3 meeting.