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Jacob Vincent

Posted: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Walker Ranch campsite at Placerita Canyon Park in Santa Clarita is much improved because of the vision, perseverance and hard work of one young man and 22 Boy Scouts, plus plenty of help from a bunch of friends, including local Realtors.

It’s a powerful lesson that will serve Jacob “Coby” Vincent well through his entire life. How can one young man rebuild and restore three campsites, 10 picnic tables and 12 campfire benches that had been defaced and destroyed by mindless vandalism?

That was the challenge Vincent took on to fulfill a required Eagle Scout community service project.

So, Vincent organized a cadre of Boy Scouts from Troop 58 in Santa Clarita, led by Scoutmaster Tim Terpening, parents and community leaders to plan and execute the restoration project that culminated over the three-day Labor Day weekend with workers wielding hammers, sanders, and saws before slapping on final coats of primer and paint.

Before that could happen, however, Vincent first turned for guidance to Marty Kovacs, a Santa Clarita Valley real estate agent, who served as the teenager’s mentor. Kovacs supplied most of the tools, offered his extensive construction knowledge, and helped Vincent find needed supplies.

The aspiring Eagle Scout appeared before the board of the Santa Clarita Valley Division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors to personally appeal for funding.

“This was a perfect opportunity to help the Scouts restore the beauty of the park for families and generations to come,” said Erika Kauzlarich-Bird, the division’s president. “I think teaching respect for nature and public resources while maintaining the beauty of our community is essential.”


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