Eagle Scout Project Provides A Walking Tour for Lighthouse Visitors

A visit to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is truly a visit through the past. From the unique first floor door to the 151’ spiral staircase, you learn what life must have been like for the Lighthouse Keepers. Now, while waiting to climb the historic staircase, you can take a “walking tour” outside the lighthouse and journey back in time to see pictures of the homes the lighthouse keepers lived in while keeping the Fresnel light shining.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Boy Scout Troop 701 Scout Master Tom Knudson was contacted and asked if he had a scout interested in doing a project for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Eagle Scout candidate, Mason Ripper, showed an interest. He visited the lighthouse, discussed his project with Dr. Sonny Witt, developed a proposal and presented it to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation Board.

The space inside the lighthouse is limited, so while visitors are waiting their turn to climb the historic staircase, they could learn a bit of the history of the Lighthouse Keepers. Mason’s project was to provide a “walking tour” for the lighthouse visitors awaiting access to the lighthouse. He planned to build three kiosks, each with a picture of the original cottage at that location, and an artist rendering of the proposed cottage that will be re-built. Each kiosk includes a poster telling the story of the lighthouse and the weekly lighthouse tours.

The project was approved on October 3 by the Boy Scout advisers. Mason completed the design and construction of the three kiosks, showcasing the pictures of the Keepers’ Cottages along with the history of the lighthouse. The scouts assisted with the placement of the kiosks on the lighthouse grounds on March 5, 2017.

Thanks for the direction and support of Dave Chasar (placement of the kiosks), Mike Wheeler (kiosk framing), Conny and Jeff Ripper (Mason’s parents), Dr. Sonny Witt (liaison with USAF, 45th Space Wing, Director of Operations), the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, and Ginny and Charles Davis, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation members who assisted Mason in accomplishing his Eagle Scout Project.

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