Mid Michigan Community College’s Harrison campus now includes an outdoor learning space, made possible through the hard work of Eagle Scout candidate Peter Thomas DeRoche. The completed project includes 10 benches in a wooded clearing that overlooks MMCC’s trail system. Seating is arranged in an amphitheater-style formation, seats roughly 30 people, and is handicap accommodating.
Additionally, the project includes a crushed concrete path to the classroom, which provides easy access for wheelchairs and scooters. DeRoche hopes that MMCC’s instructors might periodically hold class in the space and that community members might take advantage of it as well.
DeRoche, a Clare High School junior and member of Harrison Boy Scout Troop 645, was approached by MMCC last February and asked to consider taking on the project. Functioning as the project’s manager, DeRoche worked with MMCC staff to plan the project from beginning to end, to raise funds, and to arrange for volunteers to complete the site.
Currently holding a rank of Life Scout, Deroche has earned 41 merit badges, including those required to achieve Eagle rank. Over the next couple of months, he will appear before Board of Review in the hopes that his new rank will be approved by the council.
“I’m very grateful to have been a part of creating this space for MMCC,” says DeRoche. “A lot of MMCC employees provided direction and support across all parts of the project. I hope that this special outdoor area will be enjoyed for many years and by many different people.”