Eagle Scout Lucas Pallone’s love of sea turtles was sparked as he watched hundreds of little hatchlings make a mad dash for the Gulf one evening when he was 14.
Thanks to that spark Pallone has helped the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center by building two educational displays as part of his final project to become a full Eagle Scout.
“The first display is a cylinder puzzle like you would see on a playground,” Pallone said. “And it’s eventually going to have a picture of a sea turtle on it. The second is an informational table with little pop ups so you can read about local wildlife.”
The cost of the displays was originally quoted to the NBSTCC at roughly $8,000. Pallone did the labor and planning for free, and he raised the money for the supplies through soliciting donations. He raised more than $500, and the remainder after the supplies were bought was donated directly to the NBSTCC.
Pallone’s stepfather Scout Master Eric Straight said an important part of the Eagle Scout project was to demonstrate leadership skills. With the help of Straight and Eagle Scout adviser Geoff Hindmarsh, Pallone lead 23 volunteers from his Troop 106 and Troop 104 through making the displays over a three-month period.
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