Paul Pearson builds stage at Albany
One requirement that must be met to become an Eagle Scout is to complete an Eagle Scout Project. Sabetha resident Paul Pearson, who has been a scout since he was a tiger cub, had decided to earn his Eagle Scout rank by creating a stage at Albany for events to be held there.
Pearson – son of Shaun and Martha Pearson and brother to two sisters, Naomi and Lily – decided to become an Eagle Scout in January 2021. In order to achieve the Eagle Scout rank, Pearson must meet many requirements, which include obtaining a certain amount of merit badges, be active in your troops and complete an Eagle Scout Project, among others.
For his Eagle Scout Project, Pearson chose to build a permanent stage at Albany to be used for events like Old Albany Days. Pearson, who has been active in the Albany troop since he moved to Sabetha in 2006, explained he wanted to make a stage to provide more room for special events to be held during Old Albany Days and other Albany-hosted events, such as weddings.
“In the past few years, [Albany members] have been using different flat bed trailers with a pop-up canopy and there isn’t much room on the trailers, so that’s when I decided to make a stage at Albany.”
The stage dimensions are 18 feet by 28 feet. The platform, stairs and support beams are made of wood, and the roof is metal. The roof covers the lights and rafters, which go the length of the stage. There are stairs with a handrail on one side of the stage, and the stage is handicap accessible at the front.
Pearson completed the stage before Old Albany Days began, which was held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12. After his project is complete and his other scout requirements are met, Pearson will get the chance to achieve Eagle Scout rank and earn his badge during an Eagle Scout ceremony.