Visitors to the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton will have an easier time finding their way.

That’s because a new information kiosk and signage have been installed at the trail’s entrance on Twin Oak Lane.

The kiosk and signage are the efforts of Colton Lovell, 15, a Boy Scout in Troop 14 in Norwalk, who did the work for his Eagle Scout service project.

“I chose this project to encourage people to use the Norwalk River Valley Trail, to help people know the rules for safely using the trail, and to help keep the trail looking great,” Colton said.

With the help of other scouts and several adults, including his father Mike, Colton built one kiosk from wood, topping it with a cedar roof. He then made signage and maps to be be affixed to the kiosk and installed signage along other parts of the trail.

A frequent user of the trail, when Colton was looking for a service project to earn his Eagle Scout rank, he contacted the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) board of directors to see if he could help.

“The NRVT board was delighted to have Colton make a presentation to us and enthusiastically accepted his offer to build kiosks for the trail in Wilton,” said Charlie Taney, NRVT executive director.

The project took months of design and planning, and was completed this spring, when most visitors start walking the trail and need help from maps and signs.

The NRVT is a work in progress. Its ambitious plan calls for creation of a 37-mile hiking trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Danbury. Parts of the trail are completed, mostly in areas of Norwalk and Wilton.

“I chose to do a project for the NRVT because I think what they are doing is good. I look forward to hiking on the trail when it connects to Norwalk,” Colton said.

Earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in Boy Scouts, is no easy task. Since 1911, only four percent of scouts have earned this rank. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and planning, organizing, leading and managing a service project.

It takes hard work to attain the rank of Eagle, but “hard work” is Colton’s middle name. A high school sophomore, Colton is enrolled in the Norwalk Early College Academy PTECH program which allows him to take college classes. When he completes the program he will have an associate’s college degree before graduating high school.

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