JOHN DAY Following the path to an Eagle Scout award, Trent Sohr, 18, has completed a service project that allows him to share his love of outdoor recreation with others.
Sohr, who enjoys hiking, mountain biking and riding four-wheelers, is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 898, which is sponsored by the John Day Elks Lodge No. 1824.
With Sohrs supervision, a crew of friends, family and Scouters constructed an informational sign for the Sheep Creek Trailhead, about 25 miles southeast of Prairie City on Forest Road 13.
Ive hiked it a few times its really scenic, Sohr said.
He noted that taking the trail by four-wheeler is a challenge, but one he enjoys.
The trail, which can also be traveled on mountain bike or horse, leads along the creek to a distant ridge top. It offers views of the upper John Day Valley, the Little Malheur River watershed and surrounding mountains.
The service project is one of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. The project provides an opportunity for Scouts to demonstrate leadership through planning, developing and carrying out a project beneficial to the community.
Volunteers working with Sohr included his parents Barb Miller-Sohr and Larry Sohr, friends Dylan Brandsma, Soren Larson and Codey Edgar, and Scout leaders Greg Whipple and Eric Wunz.
The sign was built following Forest Service specifications and the project was approved by the Malheur National Forest. The crew placed the sign on Nov. 12, despite 6 inches of snow at the trailhead.
It was a good experience, Sohr said. Everyone worked hard and worked well together.
Sohr has completed other requirements to earn Eagle ranking, including actively serving in a troop leadership position, earning at least 21 merit badges, and following the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life.
Following approval by the Scoutmaster Teri Corning-Sevey and the Local Council, Sohr will go before the Eagle Board of Review, which will determine his worthiness of the Eagle Rank.
Sohr said he was grateful for support he received from his parents, especially with planning and transportation.
My family was extremely helpful, he said.