Is your Troop interested in helping with OA Trail Project?

Here is a flyer with information specifically for Troops interested in helping with the Centennial Service Project June 5-7, 2015.



Invitation to Troops and Arrowmen

Heart of Ohio Council Boy Scout Troops and Portage Lodge Arrowmen are invited to take part in meaningful community service. We will gather on the weekend of June 5‐7 in the Mohican area where we will hold the Portage Lodge 100th Anniversary Service Project. It is a beautiful area that we will open up by adding 4.2 miles of trail on June 6th. This happens to be National Trails Day!

The Land Conservancy has worked 23 years spending several hundred thousand dollars acquiring land to get to this point. Portage Lodge is honored to sponsor this work project for the Heart of Ohio Council to bring the conservancies trail vision to life. Our efforts creating this connector trail will open up the beauty of this area for the public to hike and see for generations to come. All Arrowmen, Troops and Scouters are welcome to attend and take part in this meaningful project for the youth and the community.

WE NEED YOU! It may take 150 to 200 volunteers to get this done. Go to for more information, a flier and to find the online registration link. The cost is just $10 each to cover your food. Troops may opt to come for the day on Saturday but we encourage you to experience the whole weekend.

We will camp for the weekend at a secluded, wooded Church camp with water, electricity, a pavilion, fire ring, and rest room. During a presentation on Friday night Scouts will learn the art of Trail Building and come to understand the deeper meaning of what we will undertake the next day. After a quick breakfast on Saturday morning we will divide into 5 work crews building the new trail in three sections. The route is well marked with orange ribbons and we will be guided by staff from the Land Conservancy the whole way. Lunch and water will be supplied at the work sites by a local church youth group.

Work will include removing sticks, logs and rocks, raking a two foot wide path, leveling surfaces, pulling saplings and invasive species from the path, lopping branches, and installing trail marker posts. When we finish Saturday night we return to the campsite for dinner and an evening campfire celebration!

Bring: bow, garden and fire rakes, flat and spade shovels, loppers, hand saws, heavy work gloves, strong work or hiking boots, a tent to sleep in, a small backpack for your sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear, water, etc. Pack your uniform for Saturday’s dinner.

We are very excited about this opportunity and hope to see you join with your fellow Scouts and OA brothers as we SEEK TO SERVE to bring this vision to a reality!

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