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Young men and adult leaders with Boy Scouts of America Troop 99 traveled from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to undertake a week-long volunteer project at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Troop 99 spent a week this August working in the Halls Crossing campground, a popular 30-site campground that overlooks Lake Powell and the Henry Mountains. Their work involved general campground cleanup and landscape maintenance, including litter removal, weed removal, and vegetation pruning.
The project occurred under the Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program, a joint effort by the Boy Scouts of America and the National Park Service. The program provides Boy and Cub Scouts with an opportunity to explore national parks and learn about natural and cultural resource stewardship. Each Scout earns a Resource Stewardship patch for taking part in the program.
Aramark, the park concessionaire, supplied Troop 99 with water and gloves, and removed the trash and clippings following completion of the project. The volunteer project was led by National Park Service Interpretation Rangers Justin Glasgow and Dan Lefler.
"Volunteers like the young men from Troop 99 are an integral part of our operation and mission at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area," Superintendent Stan Austin said. "We are always looking for individuals who want to share their expertise and passion for Glen Canyon to become park volunteers."
The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program is one of many ways to volunteer at Glen Canyon. Two prominent and ongoing volunteer opportunities are Trash Tracker and the Graffiti Removal and Intervention Team programs. Information about these programs may be found at www.nps.gov/glca/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm.
Information about the Scout Ranger program may be found at www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved/youthprograms/scoutrangers.htm.
Interested volunteers are always welcome to contact Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at (928) 608-6200.