Boy Scouts of America and Glacier Share a Centennial
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are volunteering thousands of hours of work this summer to commemorate both the scout’s and Glacier National Park’s centennial anniversary.
Local scouts are working to earn a special service medal for the 100th anniversary which was created by the Montana council of the BSA in an effort to connect and reconnect scouts with Glacier National Park.
Scouts have a long history of volunteering in Glacier. The earliest photo shows a Boy Scout visiting Glacier in 1914. Park records show that Eagle Scouts did trail work as early 1923.
Some of the early projects of note include the St. Mary Lake trails and the Bowman Lake trails. A letter to the park superintendent from the 1920’s indicates the purpose of this volunteer work was to “develop the spirit of service amongst boys.”
The Boy Scouts are undertaking nine weeks of projects this summer in Glacier from mid-June to mid-August. More than a 150 scouts and leaders are participating.
Among the projects, more than 200 picnic tables will be built or refinished, numerous campsites will be graveled and brushed, 50 campground water spigot bases will be repainted, 18 buildings will be scraped for repainting, four historic buildings will be stained and some 2,000 feet of bumper logs will be stained.
It’s estimated that more than 5,000 volunteer hours will be logged for 2010. For more information contact Brooke Linford, Glacier Volunteers in Parks Coordinator, at 406-888-7851.
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Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.