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10/21/2007 9:08:00 PM
Aiming high: Eagle Scout helps drug awareness go mobile
Dayton Burchfield created this mobile information kiosk to take to schools and other locations to promote an anti-drug message.
Dayton Burchfield created this mobile information kiosk to take to schools and other locations to promote an anti-drug message.

The Daily Courier

Like most 17-year-olds, Dayton Burchfield of Prescott is eager to get his driver's license. So, what's a guy to do when his dad stipulates that to be allowed to get his license requires completing a project. Not just any project but the Eagle Scout Leadership Service project.

"Several fathers thought this was a great idea and now five of my friends need to complete their Eagle Scout project," Dayton said. "They are holding me responsible, but are very motivated to complete their project."

The leadership service project focuses on leadership and helping the community. Dayton chose to create a mobile kiosk that he can take to the mall or the movie theater. He stocks the kiosk with informative pamphlets on methamphetamine, prescription drug abuse and smokeless tobacco. Dayton also hands out candies and coloring books to the younger crowd.

"I want to educate teens about drugs and liked the idea that the mobile cart can be placed in different places," Dayton said. A TV sits on top of the cart and a DVD plays a compilation of anti-drug education programming.

"The cart was simple to produce," he said. Dayton purchased a modular gearbox cabinet, screws, office organizers, drill and bits, pliers and wrenches. "I drilled a few holes and put it together."

To attach the TV to the cart, Dayton used an adjustable bungee cord and attached it under the lip at the bottom of the cart on the sides without doors. He bundled the pamphlets and placed them in boxes to keep them separate and organized.

"I do think this project has a purpose in the community," he said. "MAT Force (a group created to combat youth use of methamphetamines) certainly thinks so."

He started in Cub Scouts when he was 11 and has enjoyed the Scout camaraderie throughout the years. "I have had the most fun working on my shot gun shooting badge," Dayton said. "I also enjoy camping."

Dayton is currently a junior at Prescott High School. He said having his Eagle Scout designation would look good on his college applications. Dayton wants to pursue global security and intelligence at either the University of New Mexico or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Contact the reporter at jtwaddell@prescottaz.com

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