Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 Clear Onatru Hiking Trail as Community Service Project
Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 braved the Fall elements and the end of daylight savings time to clear the East Onatru hiking trail this past weekend as a community service project, announced Adam Wiles, Cubmaster for the Pack.
“With the aid of Mike Surdej, the ‘chainsaw guy’ for the Lewisboro Trail Volunteers, about ten of our cub scouts, including Wolf, Bears and Webelos dens, along with ten adults cut down and removed fallen trees and branches blocking a favorite hiking trail at Onatru,” said Wiles. “We want to thank Dana Mayclim, Lewisboro's Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for approving the project and Bobbe Stultz of the Lewisboro Land Trust for the help. Also the parents who brought out their scouts today.”
Bill Bongiorno, Wolf Den Leader, had the idea after the scouts had hiked through there this year and encountered blocked paths. “It’s easy to lose your way in the woods when the path is hidden. You naturally think you’ve gone the wrong way. It’s important to maintain these trails for everyone’s enjoyment.”
The cub scout pack follows in the footsteps of Eagle Scout Robert King who had reworked and enhanced the trail a few years back.
“I was happy to guide and help with this project. It gave great energy to have the cub scouts continue that work for our community,” said Surdej, who brought tools for each scout and explained proper safety and the way to clear the woods.
Next up the Pack will be headed to scout day at West Point, followed by the next day planting flags for each living Veteran at a ceremony at the South Salem Fire House. Vista-Lewisboro Cub Scouts Pack 101 is part of the Muscoot District of the Westchester-Putnam Council. Its Charter Organization is the Vista Fire Department.
The purpose of scouting is to provide an educational program for youth to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. It’s directed toward helping youth become happy, healthy, positively contributing citizens. Through recreation, scouting achieves its purpose of helping young people develop physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Scouting is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventure, education, and fun! Scouts learn how to make good choices and to take responsibility for their actions so that they are prepared for their adult life as independent persons.
For more information on the Westchester Scouts, visit: http://www.wpcbsa.org
For more information on Vista-Lewisboro Pack 101, visit: https://vista101.mypack.us