Scouts plant tree in Ches. City, earn badges
— The action-packed Maryland High School Class 2A state championship football game between the Elkton Golden Elks and Walkersville in Annapolis was the alluring reason that some Cecil County residents ventured out into the cold last weekend.
For five members of Chesapeake City Tiger Pack No. 336 of the Delmarva Council Cub Scouts, the motivation to endure Saturday morning’s frigid air hinged on planting an eastern redbud tree at the Ferryslip Road Park playground in South Chesapeake City.
The 6 and 7-year-old youngsters battled the elements — shoveling with all their might just to penetrate the frozen ground
at the outset of the project —to earn their “Backyard Jungle” Belt Loop and their Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Patch.
John Auer with Heartwood Landscaping and Tree Services near North East donated the tree to Pack 336 for the project, which was organized by the youngsters’ pack leader, John Anderson.
After approximately an hour of digging, planting and covering the spot with dirt, the five Pack 336 members completed the tree-planting task and then participated in a one-mile hike along the C&D canal, where they learned about the importance of keeping their community clean.
The tree-planting project is viewed as one of the building blocks to develop the scouts into “duteous young men,” according to pack leaders.
Members of Chesapeake City Tiger Pack 336 shovel soil at the beginning of their tree-planting project in South Chesapeake City on Saturday.