After transferring from northern Virginia with his family, Jason Yost remembers as a freshman at Hayward High School arriving at the Town of Hayward Recreational Park for cross country practice and being confused about where he was in the park because there was no map.
A few year later, Yost’s Troop 70 Scoutmaster, Rod Susedik, who is also a Town of Hayward Planning Commission member, suggested Yost create a large visual placard/map for the park for his Eagle Scout project, part of the requirement to attain the highest level of the six ranks in Boy Scouts.
“This project for me is a full circle,” Yost said. “I thought it would be a cool idea to make a map that would have helped a younger me.”
Susedik said Yost began planning the project a year ago. Work on the map, which consists of a marine-plywood board on two posts, began Aug. 8 and was completed Sept. 6.
To complete the project, Yost organized the efforts of other Troop 70 scouts and their parents.
“Basically your Eagle Scout project is mostly about administration,” Yost said. “It’s not about really doing the manual labor. Eagle Scout projects are really about expediting the work and managing a group of people and keeping everyone on task.”
“He led the whole thing,” Susedik said. “I was just there for support for him.”
Yost said he is proud of the finished project.
“I really loved it,” he said. “It turned out really well. It was a lot of work, but I think it is going to be much more impactful than if I built benches or something along those lines.”
Yost’s three older brothers are all Eagle Scouts. Mom Lisa Nasser has been through the process with all of them, including completing a project that benefits the community.
“I think he did a great job,” she said. “He managed the kids. He got everything funded. They also went into the park and repaired signs that were falling down.”
After completing the Eagle Scout project, Susedik said, the next step for Yost is a Board of Review interview.
“What Scouting wants is that Board of Review to be more of a celebration of a scout’s career versus showing me how to make a square knot,” he said. “It is not about being tested, especially when you get to that Eagle review. It’s really a celebration of the work the young person has accomplished at that time.”
Along with the Eagle Scout project, Yost has completed the requirement for 21 merit badges.
“It’s a lot of work,” said Nasser of becoming an Eagle Scout.
Susedik said Yost has been a very positive influence on Troop 70.
“He’s a great young adult,” he said. “He brings a lot of positive energy to the troop. He is the oldest one and he also brings a lot of life experiences.”
The scoutmaster also noted that the last two summers Yost worked as a counselor at Camp Phillips, helping Cub Scouts, those members in grades 1-5.
“He’s had an impact not just here in Hayward but on the Cub-youth side in their scouting journey, so he’s had a bigger impact,” he said.