Shaun Godair: most likely to succeed

"The trail was in pretty bad shape," said Godair. "In fact, I'd go as far as to say it was nearly abandoned! I felt it was a nice trail that could provide a lot of outdoor exercise opportunities for Mendon residents of all ages."

Once he focused attention on repairing the path, Godair had to assemble a team of workers.

Using his leadership skills learned through Scouting and CAP, Godair didn't have much trouble attracting scout and cadet friends to lend their shoulders for some invigorating heavy lifting.

"We cleared brush, cut branches, and pulled rotting logs off the trail," Godair said. "The overall sprucing up was topped off by my team applying new paint blazes to mark the trail and then a final grooming of the path."

Godair spent approximately 135 hours planning and executing the quarter-mile-long project. He began by contacting Mendon officials about his ideas and then enlisted 12 Boy Scouts, two CAP cadets with tools, to pitch in.

By all accounts the teens had a lot of fun, but more importantly, they discovered something deeper about themselves-that the idea of rolling up your sleeves to complete a job provides not only a good feeling, but a sense of accomplishment and self worth.

Teens like Godair prove that with determination and hard work, you can achieve your dreams-and make a real difference in the community.

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