The Mount Baker Council BSA Scouts of America Community Service Day project will focus on cleaning up the popular Snohomish County Centennial Trail.
Scouts from throughout the region will spend most of Saturday, May 1, pulling weeds; picking up litter; scrubbing gates, signs and memorial benches; pruning low-hanging branches; cutting down blackberry vines and overgrowth; removing storm-downed limbs and branches; as well as, washing algae and moss off garbage receptacles.
This year's goal is for 632 Scouts to provide 1,896 service hours. A total of 52 units comprised of 26 Cub Scout Packs, 20 Boy Scout Troops, three Varsity Teams and three Venturing Crews are participating.
Members of the Centennial Trail Coalition will assist the Scouts. People familiar with the portion of trail that runs from Snohomish to Armar Road are especially encouraged to volunteer and to help direct the Scouts and their parents.
In 2009, more than 500 scouts participated, totaling 1,539 hours of community service. Upon completion of Saturday’s cleanup, the BSA Scout Community Service project on the Centennial Trail will have completed more than 5,000 hours of accumulated service.
The Centennial Trail got its start in the late 1980s when a six-mile segment was established north of Snohomish. It opened in 1989, the state's centennial year, and primarily follows an abandoned corridor.
For more information about volunteering for the trail cleanup, contact Scout Leader Karl Gauglitz at 425-376-1327 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Trail Coalition, contact Bea Randall at 360-435-3892 or email@example.com.