Eagle project adds authenticity to Oak Harbor Log Cabin

Press Staff Writer

        An Oak Harbor Eagle Scout’s Eagle project stands as a lasting testament to his community spirit, devotion to history and attention to detail.
        Kobe Fletcher, son of Dean and Kami Brough, earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle rank as a member of Oak Harbor’s Boy Scout Troop 316, led by Scoutmaster Roger Carpenter in September 2020.
        Fletcher graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2020. He began a career with the U.S. Coast Guard last October.
        For his Eagle project, Fletcher was asked by Jane Whitaker, president of the Oak Harbor Log Cabin Committee, if he would build an 1860s-style outhouse for the cabin. The cabin, its contents, and historical background are used in educational programs presented by cabin members and local contributors.
        Fletcher had volunteered at the cabin in the past.
        He began his project with an old storage shed originally donated to the scout troop by Tom Sorg. Fletcher moved the shed to Jerry and Cheryl Whipple’s farm, where he was able to use their barn as a workshop. After doing some research, with the help of other troop members, he built a two-seater outhouse that sits behind the log cabin on Church Street. The old, weathered look was preserved to fit the style of the cabin.
        Tear Down & Reclaim Barn Co. donated a part of Dave Milligner’s barn, which was originally Fred Lickert’s homestead.
        History and authenticity were a priority for Fletcher. His project was finished and ready to be placed on site the weekend before restrictive health orders were instituted due to COVID-19 last March.
        Fletcher received his Eagle Scout award in a ceremony held Sept. 27 at the Eagle’s Nest in Oak Harbor.


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