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Scouts to help green New York City at 12th annual Scouts in Parks Day

Scouts at work
Scouts at work
photo by Jean Gazis

The 12th Annual citywide Scouts in Parks Day will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The schedule runs from 9 AM to 3 PM and units will be expected to put in a least a two-hour stint, rain or shine. There will be work sites in all five boroughs as well as at Pouch and Alpine Scout camps. Scout packs and troops from all over the city will be participating, and non-Scout friends and family are welcome to join in. Units will be assigned to the closest available work site whenever possible, but park assignments will be by first come, first serve and project needs.

Scouts in Parks Day is hosted by the Greater New York Councils Committee for Outdoor Ethics and Conservation and the New York City Parks Department. As in past years, gardening supplies will be donated by many generous sponsors, which have included Keil Brothers Nursery, Bissett Nursery, David Rose Perennials, the Land Restoration Project crew of the NYC Parks Department, Gemplers, Farm Tek, Active World Solutions, Lowe's Home centers, and MSC.

In 2012, more than 1,500 volunteers from 113 units, plus Girl Scouts, working in 18 locations around the city, performed over 5,800 hours of service in one day! (Figures are not available for 2013.) Letters will be available for those participants who need to fill community service requirements for their schools. Scouts will not be expected to be in "Class A" uniform because of the possibly dirty nature of the work, and "Class B" uniforms are optional.

Scouts in Parks Day is an opportunity to improve New York City's treasured outdoor public spaces and combine the Scouting values of community service and respect for the natural environment, as well as get outdoors and get some exercise! Units that want to sign up can email cubpack255@hotmail.com or call 646-643-9552.