NATIONAL PARK SERVICE THANKS ARIZONA SCOUTS
Arizona Scouts performed service projects in West Virginia National Park
Phoenix, Arizona, October 19, 2018– Grand Canyon Council, BSA, announced today it received a letter from the National Park Service thanking it for the service projects that Arizona Scouts worked on while attending the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.
“Scouting is about doing a Good Turn Daily and helping others. This service project is just one example that Arizona Scouts do good works, not just in Arizona, but wherever they go,” said Larry Abbott, Scout Executive
The Scouts worked on several projects in the New River Gorge National River, an area administered by the U.S. National Park Service. The projects were designed to improve access for mobility impaired park visitors and community members. Working under NPS guidance, and using accessible design standards, Scouts rehabilitated an existing picnic area, created a new picnic location, and upgraded two campsites. The Scouts were in West Virginia to attend the National Scout Jamboree in July 2017.
“Without this important national partnership between the National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America, these projects would have taken considerably longer to complete. We are very pleased with their work,” wrote Leah Perkowski-Sisk, of the National Park Service.
This is not the first time a public land management agency has commended the Scouts for a service project restoring or improving public lands. In March this year the U.S. Forest Service, Mesa Ranger District, recognized Grand Canyon Council Scouts for their “outstanding contributions in the restoration of user created OHV trails on the Tonto National Forest.” The trails degraded the forest and caused erosion.
Grand Canyon Council serves most of Arizona, other than Tucson and Southeastern Arizona. It has 43,000 youth members and 21,000 adult volunteers. Scouts and volunteers last year contributed 192,237 hours of service to local community organizations worth roughly $4,256,125. In addition to their community service, Scouts have collected 160,000 pounds of food for needy families in 2017.
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