Cub Scout Service Project at Fort Pulaski

This story was submitted by Steve Kenney, a volunteer leader in Cub Scout Pack 608 from Suwanee, Georgia.

Like many Cub Scout Packs, Pack 608 from Suwanee, GA goes on an annual “big trip”. During our annual planning session in August we decided that we would travel to Tybee Island to visit Fort Pulaski and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. As part of our trip we wanted to do some community service, but we had not made a decision on the project when Hurricane Matthew slammed into Savannah in October 2016.

After the hurricane, there were reports of extensive damage and flooding at the Fort. We weren’t sure if we would even be able to visit the Fort as part of our trip. We contacted the National Park Service (NPS) and were told that there were many downed trees and branches at the park, but that we would be still be able to visit the Fort. In our conversations with the NPS the idea of our community service project was formed. During our visit, the members of the pack would help clear debris from the walking trails so it could be chipped up into mulch.

This past weekend, Pack 608 got the opportunity to visit Fort Pulaski and undertake their project. Since we didn’t want to overwork the Scouts (it was humid) and our limited amount of time to work, we were initially skeptical at the impact that the scouts could have in removing debris. After two hours of work our skepticism turned into awe. The Scouts were able to remove an impressive amount of debris and made a noticeable improvement to the walking trails. Despite a few grumbles about hard work, the Scouts were proud to participate in a project that had such a positive impact on one of our National Parks.

Scouts from Pack 608 after cleaning up Fort Pulaski

Scouts from Pack 608 after cleaning up Fort Pulaski

 

This story was submitted by Steve Kenney, a volunteer leader in Cub Scout Pack 608 from Suwanee, Georgia.