CROWNPOINT-Crown Point has new picnic tables thanks to its latest Eagle Scout.
Duke Mildon, who received Boy Scouts' highest award recently, built 10 tables for town parks. The tables are his community service project, which is required of all Eagle Scouts.
Bethany Kosmider, Crown Point supervisor, is impressed by both the workmanship and the young man.
"I was concerned he would not be able to build 10 picnic tables for the town, but build them he did," Kosmider said. "We were given 10 very large picnic tables that were beautifully crafted by him, with help from his troop."
He is a member of Troop 70 in Crown Point.
Mildon is the son of Judy and Steve Mildon of Crown Point.
Delivering the picnic tables, Mildon stressed his desire for them to be used by local residents.
"It was obvious to me he cared very deeply about the citizens of Crown Point," Kosmider said. "I assured him I would see to it that these tables were placed in Veterans Park, Memory Park and Monitor Bay Campground common area - and for Crown Point campers.
"It is my promise to Duke that for as long as I am supervisor of the town of Crown Point, his picnic tables will be engraved with 'Built for the people of the Town of Crown Point by Duke Mildon'," she added. "It is evident that this young man has been given all the attention, love and training that all children deserve and need. Scouting is a wonderful tool - and congratulations to Duke. I am proud to say he is from Crown Point."
Crown Point Troop 70 has produced a number of Eagle Scouts under the direction of leaders Dave Hall and Chris Johnson the past three decades. Steve Mildon, Duke's father, has joined the scout leadership team the past few years.
"Crown Point is fortunate to have so many young men that have dedicated themselves to scouting and the principles scouting stands for," Kosmider said. "We are also fortunate to have leaders who care about the future of our youth and give a portion of their lives so that our future generation will prosper, serve others and live good lives."
Duke Mildon is a busy young man. The Crown Point teen has also been selected as a People to People Ambassador to Australia.
While in Australia, Mildon will have an opportunity to meet with government officials and Australian teens. He will stay with a host family while taking part in a series of educational programs.
The trip will not be a vacation, according to People to People officials.
"Student Ambassadors are expected to create a positive impression of our country and culture, whether making a good impression in a school visit overseas, meeting local citizens, or attending a briefing with a government representative," said Mary Eisenhower, president and CEO of People to People International, in a prepared statement. "This diplomatic spirit is one of the things that sets the People to People experience apart; our Student Ambassadors are global students and teachers of their own culture."
The student ambassador program is not free. Mildon must raise $7,400 to participate in the 20-day trip.
Mildon will hold a Father's day breakfast at the Crown Point fire house to help secure the needed money. The Ticonderoga Elks are also planning a dinner to assist Mildon, and he is contacting local businesses and people asking for financial support.
Anyone interested in the program can contact Mildon at 597-4248.