Scouts plant tree in Ches. City, earn badges

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MICHAEL COX

Mem­bers of Ch­e­sa­peake City Tiger Pack 336 shovel soil at the be­gin­ning of their tree-plant­ing project in South Ch­e­sa­peake City on Satur­day.

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