NORTH SMITHFIELD – Two more Scouts from Troop 1139 Slatersville recently joined the long list of those to earn the organization’s elite Eagle rank.
Nathan Wetmore and Adrian Sosa were recognized for their respective achievements this month by members of the North Smithfield Town Council.
Wetmore, who works at Beef Barn Restaurant and is now a freshman at the Community College of Rhode Island, designed and built a new deck off of the main administrative building at Camp Phoenix.
The son of Rebecca Ellis and the late Jared Wetmore, the scout worked with Athletic Director Matthew Tek to build the 16-by-14-foot addition, including steps and an accessible ramp.
“They wanted a process to check in and out for campers,” Ellis told the council. “They get about 200 over the summer.”
Ellis noted that her son worked with many scouts and adult volunteers to complete the project. He also secured funding for the structure by approaching local businesses.
The Scout follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Zachary Wetmore, in choosing an Eagle project to benefit the town-based camp. Zachary’s project, completed in 2020, was to build a stage for performing arts at the facility.
Located behind North Smithfield Elementary School, Camp Phoenix was established in 2006 through the North Smithfield Recreation Department and is now one of the largest summer camps in the state. The day camp offers a traditional experience to kids from North Smithfield and surrounding communities entering kindergarten through grade 8.
Sosa, the son of MaryBeth Sosa and Adrian Sosa Sr., created new dugouts to the AAA Little League field at Pacheco Park. Earning funding with the help of bake sales, Sosa also solicited materials for the project, donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement, including pressure-treated wood, and a shingled roof to protect players from the elements. Larry Cyr served as a mentor, and Troop 1139 Asst. Scoutmaster Scott Martin was the Eagle coach, in an effort Sosa said took a year and a half to complete.
“I gathered a group of scouts and did a lot of paperwork in order to construct two dugouts for the kids at the Little League to use,” Sosa told councilors.
Both scouts were given citations this month signed by members of the council, along with Town Administrator Paul Zwolenski.
“The entire community takes pride in the effort and dedication that is behind such an accomplishment by one of its citizens,” the recognition read.