Local Eagle Scout Installs Orienteering Course at Faulkner Park

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A local scout recently made a new addition to Faulkner Park when he installed an orienteering course as part of his Eagle Scout project.

William Barker is a freshman at Tyler Legacy High School and has been an active member of the Boy Scouts since he was six years old. At his age, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank in the organization, is quite an impressive feat considering many Scouts don’t achieve Eagle until just before their 18th birthday, if at all. .

Barker started the project in September and finished it in late December with the help of friends and family.

“Orienteering requires more human input and skill than just using a GPS and is mentally and physically challenging,” Barker said.

Orienteering is a navigational sport in which participants follow a highly detailed map to find specifically placed markers in a given area. In this new route at Faulkner Park, which is the first of its kind in Tyler, participants can practice their map and compass reading skills to find nine markers along the Faulkner Trails.

Barker said he came up with the idea after training for Philmont High Adventure Base, a Boy Scout-sponsored program in which Boy Scouts trek through the mountains of northern New Mexico for 12 days, carrying all of their own supplies on the back and navigating with only a map and a compass.

“When I was training for a hike in the mountains of New Mexico and wanted to practice my navigation skills, I had to go all the way to Tyler State Park. I thought Faulkner Park would be a ideal place for an orienteering course.It is a beautiful park free and accessible to all.

William Barker

To learn everything you need to know about the course, you can visit the course page on the Tyler Parks and Recreation website.

Dino J. Dotson