PROJECT OREK (Ohio River Educational Kiosk) was the flagship project of Ohio River Valley Council’s first female Eagle Scout: Madison Yaron, 13, of Troop 79, Moundsville, WV. She is the daughter of Thomas and Lizbeth Yaron of Paden City, WV. His project created an impressive 18-foot-long and 12-foot-high educational center containing information and maps of local waterways, national descriptions of fauna, invasive species precautions, and information on flora and local wildlife affecting the section of the Ohio River at Paden City Park, WV.
Prior to the start of the project, approval was coordinated with the National and State Fish and Wildlife and the City of Paden City. Sixteen volunteers, including Boy Scouts, maintenance crews, wildlife officers and family members, contributed 1,428 hours to the project.
Maddy chose to create this kiosk because of her appreciation for the wildlife that surrounds the Ohio River. She hopes this project will provide important educational tools for the local community so that others can appreciate and help maintain local ecosystems. Boaters, fishermen and citizens will benefit from the information.
Madison began her journey on the Eagle Road as Webelos in 2018 in Pack 128, chartered by St. Vincent De Paul, New Martinsville Wv. Maddy received her Arrow of Light and joined BSA Scouts in May 2019. She is a founding member of Troop 79, chartered by The Simpson Methodist Church, Moundsville Wv. Maddy served as the hideout leader for the Webelos and Arrow of Light Den in Pack 128. She served as the main patrol leader for her troop.
She was the first young woman to be inducted into Lodge 36 in Onondaga, completing her ordeal in October 2020. Maddy obtained fraternity in April 2021. She is part of the lodge’s ceremonial team and has been elected vice-chief of ceremonies for the year 2022. Since joining Scouts BSA, she has obtained 49 merit badges.
Maddy follows in the footsteps of her older siblings. Her older sister Beth got her Venturing Silver award in 2014, Thomas got her Eagle in 2018 and John got hers in 2020.
Maddy would like to thank the businesses in the community who donated materials and supplies that made her project’s completion a success, including Ace Hardware, New Martinsville, ABC Roofing, Benwood, Allied Glass and Lowes of Wheeling,
She would also like to thank: the Federal and State Departments of Fisheries and Wildlife for providing posters and signs and Frank Borsuk for donating Plexiglas and the members of the Paden City maintenance team for the help with posts.