Earning A New Cub Scout Badge? Horton-Schuler Can Help
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Cub Scouts recently earned their Wolf badges by touring Nanala at Mehana, a development by D.R. Horton-Schuler that consists of 10 buildings with 100 homes in West Oahu.
Tracy Nagata, who works in the Horton-Schuler office, arranged the tour on behalf of her son Cole, a second-grader, and his Cub Scout troop. In all, 10 scouts, five of their siblings and 15 parents visited the Kapolei housing site under the guidance of project superintendent Malcolm Mamac.
“It was really rewarding,” said Mamac, an Ewa Beach resident who brought along his 6-year-old son.“I’m a big kid myself, believe me. That’s why I got a kick out of doing it. I love what I do. With kids, I can just jump on their level and roll in the sand with them. You’d have to remind me, ‘Malcolm, you’re giving the tour.’”
Mamac prepared by taking three days to inspect the safety of every nook and cranny at Nanala. He spray-painted borderlines and posted orange safety nets to keep the children safe on the tour, which included seeing a home that has a business on the ground floor and living quarters upstairs.
(Among Wolf Badge requirements, the boys complete several tasks which can include physical activity, knowing your flag, learning what tools do and knowing your community.)
“I tried to give them a view of the different phases (of construction), starting with the trenching of the dirt,” he recalled. The Scouts wore hard hats and learned about what Mamac does as well as some safety procedures that are used during construction.
They inspected a concrete pour, where Mamac explained about the heavy materials used to build homes. Then he summoned the forklift driver to illustrate his point. “We had a load ready on the ground. He lifted a palette of roofing to the third floor, to his guys who took it on top of the roof. Without these machines, it would be hard to build a house.”
Nagata said that was definitely a tour highlight for Cole. “He thought it looked like a transformer,” she said. “When the arm extended out they were so excited, they started yelling.”
The keiki also observed a table of tools and watched how to make a saw “sing” and how to hammer a nail. They got a feel for what it’s like to be a carpenter as, one by one, they donned safety glasses and hammered a nail that was already set in place.
The Scouts also got a view from the lanai of the houses in different stages, and they walked through a furnished model home. The tour ended with a goodie bag of brochures and pencils for each of them.
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