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 More than a dozen laborers, $4,000 worth of supplies and one long weekend.

That is what it took for Vincenzo Orbita’s dream to come true.

The junior Hibbing Bluejacket skier and member of Boy Scout Troop 17 recently completed his Eagle Scout Service Project.

“Ever since I joined the Scouts in first grade, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” he said. “It’s the highest honor a Scout can earn — I’ve always pushed for it.”

Channeling the inner skier and competitor inside him, Orbita decided to build a new ski race results board for Giants Ridge as the current one is getting old and worn out. He also built three new ski racks per request of the recreational facility.

“I spend a lot of time up there, so I got to know them like family and really wanted to help them out,” Orbita said.

And the project was not too difficult thanks to help from his dad, Giovanni, and other family and friends.

“Lifting about 300 pounds of steel was tough,” Orbita admitted. “But planning the project and hanging out with friends was a lot of fun.”

He still has a lot of paperwork to complete and a merit badge to earn in order to become an Eagle Scout, but he is well on his way.

“It feels really nice,” he said. “It’s so close that I can almost touch it.”

His dad is equally if not more proud of him.

“He set his mind to helping a cause he cares strongly about and followed through,” said Giovanni Orbita. “I couldn’t be happier with what he’s been able to accomplish.”

Aside from helping fellow skiers, Vincenzo Orbita said the most important part of the project was the lessons he learned.

“It’s a major leadership piece,” he said. “Organizing a big project like this helps you learn how to divvy up tasks. It will go a long way in building management skills for the future.”

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