The Sanders Preserve has just undergone a substantial change due to the work of local teen Nicholas Favata. Favata and his boy scout troop reconfigured the trail so that it no longer passed through an adjacent private property.
A 2021 graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School, Favata recently earned the distinguished honor of Eagle Scout as a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s Troop 67 in Glenville.
In order to earn the Eagle Scout rank, Favata completed a service project that demonstrated his leadership ability while embarking on an endeavor to help his community. After more than seven years of service in Boy Scouts, this was Favata’s final assignment.
He began researching potential projects by contacting the town’s Park Planning Commission. It was through this inquiry that Favata learned of a trail in the Sanders Preserve which needed reconstruction. The problem with the trail was that the last quarter mile extended through private property. In order to avoid legal issues the Town of Glenville had to act to alter the trail.
Favata’s proposition to modify the trail had to be approved by the Council of Boy Scouts, the Town of Glenville, and his very own Boy Scout Troop 67. After receiving necessary authorization, Favata began to blueprint his plan of action. The outlining stage took six months to complete before Favata undertook the physical labor of shoveling and reshaping the trail.
“Planning was a lot of work. It became easier when my troop and I started working. This experience definitely taught me a lot about leadership and how to direct people. It was great to be able to use my skills and give back to the town,” Favata said.
Along with his boy scout troop, Nicholas’ father Tom Favata was also instrumental in facilitating the Eagle Scout project. Tom, a retired Schenectady firefighter of over 20 years, is well acquainted with aiding other scouts in their Eagle Scout projects.
“Nicholas and I are very familiar with the Sanders preserve which makes this that much more special. When he was 10 years old we built a bridge there, and another time we made tables and benches. We have also done some work on other trails as well,” said Tom Favata.
The redirection of the trail itself took three days to complete. The trail is now marked by green indicators to show the direction of the adjusted path.
“The [Boy Scout] organization taught us so much about service. It takes the whole troop and we are grateful for the help from the community. This project was the icing on the cake, but there were so many things to get to that point. Nicholas’ leadership really showed through at the end,” said the proud father.
Nicholas is currently taking a year off of school to work and pursue his interests in outdoor activities such as hiking. Though officially an Eagle Scout, he is still waiting to receive his national certification and attend his commencement ceremony.
“I couldn’t have done it without my dad. Not only did he help with this project, but he also continuously motivated me throughout scouts allowing me to stay focused and reach this point,” said a humble Nicholas.
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