Sunday, June 22, 2008

Scouts will repair VA national forest trails

About an hour west of Staunton is the Goshen Scout Camp located outside Goshen in Rockbridge County, Virginia. It is a sprawling complex of cabins, lodges, and service buildings surrounding the huge Lake Merriweather and bordering the Maury River ... all donated to the Scouts by one of the Rockefellers.

An army of 750 Scouts is assembling there today -- members of the organization's honor society known as the Order of the Arrow -- preparing for tomorrow when they will begin to tackle their largest service project in 50 years.

The Scouts are there to provide help to the U.S. Forest Service which is understaffed and under-financed when it comes to keeping trails maintained and building new ones. Working in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the Scouts will clear 63 miles of existing trails, build 12 miles of new trails, and construct new camp sites.

These are the best of our youth ... future leaders in America.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Camp is in Rockbridge County southeast of Goshen, north of the Maury. You don't get into Bath County until you head west out of Goshen along Mill Creek into Panther Gap.