Sunday, October 2, 2022
Local Eagle Scout Installs NEW Orienteering Course at Faulkner Park


Local Boy Scout, William Barker, installed an orienteering course at Faulkner Park as part of his Eagle Scout Project with the help of friends and family. This fun navigation sport follows a highly detailed map to find nine markers throughout the Faulkner Trails. This is the first orienteering course in Tyler and allows participants to practice their compass and map reading skills.


William Barker is a freshman at Tyler Legacy High School and has been active in the Boy Scouts since he was six years old.

“Orienteering requires more human input and skill than just using a GPS and makes for a mental and physical challenge,” said William Barker. “When I was training for a trek in the mountains of New Mexico (Philmont High Adventure Base) and wanted to practice my navigation skills, I had to go all the way to Tyler State Park. I thought that Faulkner Park would be a great place for an orienteering course. It is a beautiful park that is free and accessible to everyone.”

From left to right: Eli Ballard, William Barker, Luke Barker.
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