Scouts expected to volunteer 5,000 hours in Glacier

from NPS Glacier National Park

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are volunteering thousands of hours of work this summer to commemorate both the scout’s and Glacier National Park’s centennial anniversary. The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in February 1910.

Local scouts are working to earn a special service medal for the 100th anniversary which was created by the Montana council of the BSA in an effort to connect and reconnect scouts with Glacier National Park.

Scouts have a long history of volunteering in Glacier. The earliest photo shows a Boy Scout visiting Glacier in 1914. Park records show that Eagle Scouts did trail work as early 1923.

Some of the early projects of note include the St. Mary Lake trails and the Bowman Lake trails. A letter to the park superintendent from the 1920’s indicates the purpose of this volunteer work was to “develop the spirit of service amongst boys.”

The Boy Scouts are undertaking nine weeks of projects this summer in Glacier from mid-June to mid-August. More than a 150 scouts and leaders are participating.

Among the projects, more than 200 picnic tables will be built or refinished, numerous campsites will be graveled and brushed, 50 campground water spigot bases will be repainted, 18 buildings will be scraped for repainting, four historic buildings will be stained and some 2,000 feet of bumper logs will be stained.

It’s estimated that more than 5,000 volunteer hours will be logged for 2010. Click here for more program information from the Montana Council, BSA.

As a former Eagle Scout, I salute the work of the Boy Scouts taking part in this project.

Each purchase of this coming-of-age adventure benefits the park.

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