Stage one: Enter volunteer Kurt Johnson (have chainsaw will travel), who took a full afternoon on one of the hottest days of the summer to trim out a great deal of the low, overhanging and snarly brush that had amassed over, in and around the drainage ditch over several years. Kurt set the stage for the actual ditch work to begin.
Stage two: Enter Phil Tenney, Scoutmaster of Troop 729 in Northfield, along with wife Kim and son Jonathan. Tenney’s came complete with truck, trailer, tools of all sorts, and the key piece of machinery, a small but very efficient backhoe!
Along with Scout Executive Ed McCollin and District Executive, Josh Hatch, and the Tenney family, this group spent most of Saturday loading and hauling brush, digging a new ditch and adding grass seed and straw. At the end of the day, the ditch work was as complete as it could be with the resources that were available.
If you see Kurt, Josh, or Phil and his family, be sure to give them a big shout out of thanks for a very big and what would have been, a very expensive project, now complete!
This is another example of the volunteer involvement and commitment to the ongoing improvement of the Scouting program and the facilities owned by the Green Mountain Council. It is second to none in America and everyone reading this should be proud and excited about the level of service given by the many leaders and other adults who are part of the Scouting family of Vermont.
On behalf of the entire Executive Board and the Service Center staff who pass by the ditch area every day, thank you! It was “cheerful service” at its finest!