Kyle Cummings Eagle Project Transforms Indiana’s Hoosier Hill

Kyle Cummings Eagle Project Transforms Indiana’s Hoosier Hill

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 26th, 2005, 2:17 pm #1


KylFor the past few years Hoosier Hill had been a bit forboding. The summit in a clump of woods was down an overgrown trail. You took your life in your hands climbing a broken stile over a fence. And you always risked getting stuck in the mud when you pulled off the road.

That all changed in May 2005 when Kyle Cummings transformed the Indiana highpoint in ways that far exceeded all expectations as part of his Eagle Scout project.

It took all of a month from when he first approached Highpointers Club liaison Charlie Winger about fixing up the highpoint to when he completed the project. In that time he drove two hours each way to get owner Kim Gobel’s kind permission and blessing for improvements, pursuaded the Wayne County Commissioners and Tourist burueau to replace the cardboard sign on the summit with a neat hand lettered sign; got Barrett Paving in Richmond, Indiana, to donate 22 tons of gravel for the pullout and then got Knox Trucking also in Richmond to deliver it, got Lowe’s to donate wood for a bench. The Highpointers Club picked up the balance for the rest of the improvements.

Kyle got friends from school as well as his Scout Troop 820 from Lakeside Park, Kentucky, to make the improvements to the summit which included tearing down the fence, removing the stile and beat up old bench, clearing out trash and brunch, establishing a crushed stone trail to the summit, landscaping the area around the summit and planting hostra, creating a nature trail through the woods, and setting up a bat box.

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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

May 26th, 2005, 3:55 pm #2

Wow ... the HP looks quite a bit different and quite a bit nicer than when I visited a couple of years ago. You really did an incredible job. We all owe you.
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

May 26th, 2005, 5:39 pm #3


KylFor the past few years Hoosier Hill had been a bit forboding. The summit in a clump of woods was down an overgrown trail. You took your life in your hands climbing a broken stile over a fence. And you always risked getting stuck in the mud when you pulled off the road.

That all changed in May 2005 when Kyle Cummings transformed the Indiana highpoint in ways that far exceeded all expectations as part of his Eagle Scout project.

It took all of a month from when he first approached Highpointers Club liaison Charlie Winger about fixing up the highpoint to when he completed the project. In that time he drove two hours each way to get owner Kim Gobel’s kind permission and blessing for improvements, pursuaded the Wayne County Commissioners and Tourist burueau to replace the cardboard sign on the summit with a neat hand lettered sign; got Barrett Paving in Richmond, Indiana, to donate 22 tons of gravel for the pullout and then got Knox Trucking also in Richmond to deliver it, got Lowe’s to donate wood for a bench. The Highpointers Club picked up the balance for the rest of the improvements.

Kyle got friends from school as well as his Scout Troop 820 from Lakeside Park, Kentucky, to make the improvements to the summit which included tearing down the fence, removing the stile and beat up old bench, clearing out trash and brunch, establishing a crushed stone trail to the summit, landscaping the area around the summit and planting hostra, creating a nature trail through the woods, and setting up a bat box.

Read MUCH More:
http://highpointers.org/archives/2005/0 ... osier-hill/

Visit a gallery of photos!
http://www.highpointers.org/gallery/indiana
As an Eagle Scout and now Scoutmaster myself, I congratulate Kyle on the completion of a worthy project. We ascended the summit of Indiana quite a few years back, and it was in pretty sad shape even before the stile was vandalized. (See my 1999 trip report for photos of what it looked like then.)

My son, Nathan (now 16 and a good 5" taller than I am), has his crew lined up to finish his own Eagle project (a recycling center at a nearby state park) this weekend, so we have first-hand knowledge of the planning and effort that goes into setting up an Eagle project. For those of y'all not connected with Scouts, the Eagle candidate functions primarily as the general contractor, so the project is a leadership exercise for him and is intended to give the boy the opportunity and responsibility for planning a group project, getting financial support to purchase materials or have them donated and then leading a crew of volunteers to execute the project.

Again, congratulations to Kyle!
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May 28th, 2005, 4:42 pm #4


KylFor the past few years Hoosier Hill had been a bit forboding. The summit in a clump of woods was down an overgrown trail. You took your life in your hands climbing a broken stile over a fence. And you always risked getting stuck in the mud when you pulled off the road.

That all changed in May 2005 when Kyle Cummings transformed the Indiana highpoint in ways that far exceeded all expectations as part of his Eagle Scout project.

It took all of a month from when he first approached Highpointers Club liaison Charlie Winger about fixing up the highpoint to when he completed the project. In that time he drove two hours each way to get owner Kim Gobel’s kind permission and blessing for improvements, pursuaded the Wayne County Commissioners and Tourist burueau to replace the cardboard sign on the summit with a neat hand lettered sign; got Barrett Paving in Richmond, Indiana, to donate 22 tons of gravel for the pullout and then got Knox Trucking also in Richmond to deliver it, got Lowe’s to donate wood for a bench. The Highpointers Club picked up the balance for the rest of the improvements.

Kyle got friends from school as well as his Scout Troop 820 from Lakeside Park, Kentucky, to make the improvements to the summit which included tearing down the fence, removing the stile and beat up old bench, clearing out trash and brunch, establishing a crushed stone trail to the summit, landscaping the area around the summit and planting hostra, creating a nature trail through the woods, and setting up a bat box.

Read MUCH More:
http://highpointers.org/archives/2005/0 ... osier-hill/

Visit a gallery of photos!
http://www.highpointers.org/gallery/indiana
<FONT face=verdana,geneva,arial,sans-serif>I'd like to add another huge "thanks" to <STRONG>Ken Henrickson</STRONG>, the Highpoint Helper for Indiana.  Ken worked with the owners of this private highpoint to come up with a plan of improvements to be made, and was instrumental in getting Kyle to use this highpoint improvement concept as his Eagle Scout project.  Ken took care of a lot of the logistics that made this project possible.</FONT>

<FONT face=Verdana>Thanks, Ken, and once again, thanks to Kyle and his entire Troop of scouts!</FONT>


Diane Winger

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Joined: June 29th, 2005, 5:29 am

June 29th, 2005, 5:34 am #5


KylFor the past few years Hoosier Hill had been a bit forboding. The summit in a clump of woods was down an overgrown trail. You took your life in your hands climbing a broken stile over a fence. And you always risked getting stuck in the mud when you pulled off the road.

That all changed in May 2005 when Kyle Cummings transformed the Indiana highpoint in ways that far exceeded all expectations as part of his Eagle Scout project.

It took all of a month from when he first approached Highpointers Club liaison Charlie Winger about fixing up the highpoint to when he completed the project. In that time he drove two hours each way to get owner Kim Gobel’s kind permission and blessing for improvements, pursuaded the Wayne County Commissioners and Tourist burueau to replace the cardboard sign on the summit with a neat hand lettered sign; got Barrett Paving in Richmond, Indiana, to donate 22 tons of gravel for the pullout and then got Knox Trucking also in Richmond to deliver it, got Lowe’s to donate wood for a bench. The Highpointers Club picked up the balance for the rest of the improvements.

Kyle got friends from school as well as his Scout Troop 820 from Lakeside Park, Kentucky, to make the improvements to the summit which included tearing down the fence, removing the stile and beat up old bench, clearing out trash and brunch, establishing a crushed stone trail to the summit, landscaping the area around the summit and planting hostra, creating a nature trail through the woods, and setting up a bat box.

Read MUCH More:
http://highpointers.org/archives/2005/0 ... osier-hill/

Visit a gallery of photos!
http://www.highpointers.org/gallery/indiana
This is Kyle Cummings. This was a very fun project to do, but it wouldn't have even been possible if it weren't for the help of many people, but mostly Ken Henrickson. A boy scout has until their 18th birthday to complete their project and recieve all of their required 21 merit badges. This project was completed on May 24th, and my birthday was May 18th. So if it weren't for those that helped out, and those that donated the materials needed, I would be going up for my Eagle board of review.
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July 2nd, 2005, 5:47 pm #6


KylFor the past few years Hoosier Hill had been a bit forboding. The summit in a clump of woods was down an overgrown trail. You took your life in your hands climbing a broken stile over a fence. And you always risked getting stuck in the mud when you pulled off the road.

That all changed in May 2005 when Kyle Cummings transformed the Indiana highpoint in ways that far exceeded all expectations as part of his Eagle Scout project.

It took all of a month from when he first approached Highpointers Club liaison Charlie Winger about fixing up the highpoint to when he completed the project. In that time he drove two hours each way to get owner Kim Gobel’s kind permission and blessing for improvements, pursuaded the Wayne County Commissioners and Tourist burueau to replace the cardboard sign on the summit with a neat hand lettered sign; got Barrett Paving in Richmond, Indiana, to donate 22 tons of gravel for the pullout and then got Knox Trucking also in Richmond to deliver it, got Lowe’s to donate wood for a bench. The Highpointers Club picked up the balance for the rest of the improvements.

Kyle got friends from school as well as his Scout Troop 820 from Lakeside Park, Kentucky, to make the improvements to the summit which included tearing down the fence, removing the stile and beat up old bench, clearing out trash and brunch, establishing a crushed stone trail to the summit, landscaping the area around the summit and planting hostra, creating a nature trail through the woods, and setting up a bat box.

Read MUCH More:
http://highpointers.org/archives/2005/0 ... osier-hill/

Visit a gallery of photos!
http://www.highpointers.org/gallery/indiana
What is hostra (something he planted)? Neither Merriam-Webster (m-w.com) nor onelook (onelook.com) can find this word.

Roger Williams, Boulder.
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July 4th, 2005, 6:35 pm #7

The word "Hostra" was a type-o. The real name is "Hosta" which is the name of a plant.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 9th, 2005, 8:30 am #8


KylFor the past few years Hoosier Hill had been a bit forboding. The summit in a clump of woods was down an overgrown trail. You took your life in your hands climbing a broken stile over a fence. And you always risked getting stuck in the mud when you pulled off the road.

That all changed in May 2005 when Kyle Cummings transformed the Indiana highpoint in ways that far exceeded all expectations as part of his Eagle Scout project.

It took all of a month from when he first approached Highpointers Club liaison Charlie Winger about fixing up the highpoint to when he completed the project. In that time he drove two hours each way to get owner Kim Gobel’s kind permission and blessing for improvements, pursuaded the Wayne County Commissioners and Tourist burueau to replace the cardboard sign on the summit with a neat hand lettered sign; got Barrett Paving in Richmond, Indiana, to donate 22 tons of gravel for the pullout and then got Knox Trucking also in Richmond to deliver it, got Lowe’s to donate wood for a bench. The Highpointers Club picked up the balance for the rest of the improvements.

Kyle got friends from school as well as his Scout Troop 820 from Lakeside Park, Kentucky, to make the improvements to the summit which included tearing down the fence, removing the stile and beat up old bench, clearing out trash and brunch, establishing a crushed stone trail to the summit, landscaping the area around the summit and planting hostra, creating a nature trail through the woods, and setting up a bat box.

Read MUCH More:
http://highpointers.org/archives/2005/0 ... osier-hill/

Visit a gallery of photos!
http://www.highpointers.org/gallery/indiana

The Star Press reports Indiana is bracing for the time when the Randolph County Landfill is higher than its nearby state highpoint Hoosier Hill.

The landfill is currently 92 feet tall, making it 1,242 feet above sea level. In the future, the landfill will become 170 feet tall, putting it at 1,320 feet above sea level. The highest elevation surface in Indiana - Hoosier Hill in Wayne County - is 1,257 feet above sea level.

The landfill is proposing add 41 acres providing a total of about 155 acres for disposal for an expected life of 20 more years.

The landfill primarily serves Randolph, Delaware, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Wayne counties in Indiana, as well as Darke and Miami counties in Ohio. Randolph County only has 28,000 people and residents are concerned about out of county garbage.
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