Project Phoenix: Help Rebuild a Scout Camp

When: Saturday October 19th (make it a weekend!)
Where: Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch, Walsenburg, CO
Cost: None! The OA’s Arrow Bistro will be cooking.

Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch near Walsenburg ( was nearly completely destroyed by wildfires this summer. Peaceful Valley was luckily spared, and it is time to help a fellow council get their camp closer to being ready for 2014 camp!

post_SpanishPeaksLandscapeOn Saturday, October 19, it is your troop’s and crew’s opportunity to help with the recovery effort. The challenge is a service project — we’ll be helping with erosion control as part of Phase One of the repairs. If you can use a rake or a shovel, you’re perfect for this project.

People are asked to bring their own tents and sleeping gear. Showers are available, and all food for the weekend will be provided courtesy of Tahosa Lodge’s Arrow Bistro!

The work is straigtforward and all can help! Please bring a sturdy garden rake, shovel, and work gloves. Also, wear heavy hiking boots because of the condition of the forest floor.

For people staying Saturday night, the host council is having door prize drawings for outdoor equipment and a special cracker barrel for participants.

We need a count so we buy enough food – register at No cost to attend.

Dana Smerchek at 303-902-3378, 928-203-0047 or [email protected]
Wade Selfridge at 620-623-0070 or [email protected]

Photo courtesy of OpalMirror

Help Rebuild Reefs in the Gulf

Always wanted to do something to help after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but didn’t know what to do? Well now is your chance!

More than six months after the oil spill called attention to the Gulf, The Nature Conservancy (our immediate past president, Ed Pease, serves on their board too) continues to expand and accelerate their ongoing restoration efforts there. Building on the oyster reef restoration begun last year, the Conservancy is working with partners in Alabama to kick off the 100/1000 Restore Coastal Alabama project. This living shoreline project will create reefs that will protect 100 miles of shoreline and create 1,000 acres of marsh.

On January 22-23, 2011, the Conservancy will be laying the first ¼ mile of new oyster reef just north of Helen Wood Park in Mobile Bay, an Alabama state-owned, city-managed park. This is the Conservancy’s first large-scale restoration project in the Gulf since the spill and they and their partners need as many as 2,000 volunteers to get the job done. Participants will stand shoulder to shoulder to move 23,000 bags of oyster shells weighing approximately 10 lbs. each from pallets on the land to create the living shoreline. This labor intensive work will allow volunteers to get their hands dirty on a restoration project and experience first-hand the power of communities working together to restore Mobile Bay and beyond in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Conservancy’s would love to have as many volunteers as possible, but please note that volunteers will be responsible for their own expenses. Because of the nature of the work, volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

More information here:

Photo courtesy and © Beth Maynor Young

2009 Philbreak Application

This March you will have the opportunity to spend part of your Spring Break in the backcountry of Philmont Scout Ranch. Philbreak gives you the chance to meet Scouters and Venturers from around the country and learn all about the various staff positions that would leave you with an entire summer’s worth of Philmont memories.

If you are a registered Scouter between the ages of 18 but not yet 26, is there a better place to spend your Spring Break than Cimarron, New Mexico?

Two sessions will be offered in 2009, running from dinner Monday to breakfast Friday:

  • March 9-13
  • March 16-20

The cost is $100.00 and includes all on-site meals and accommodations. Participants are required to be registered with the BSA in their local council and be between the ages of 18 and 26. Arriving PhilBreakers can catch a shuttle from Albuquerque to Philmont on either that Friday or Saturday. More details in the application.

At Philbreak, you will work alongside other talented Scouters who are making positive changes for the future. Your goal will be to do meaningful service projects for the Ranch and build your understanding of conservation and the outdoors. By taking advantage of the facilities at the Philmont Training Center for sleeping accommodations, you can focus our efforts on service, building leadership skills, and gaining invaluable forestry and conservation knowledge.

When you arrive at the Ranch, you will be greeted by a highly trained staff and immediately immersed in the spirit and program that Philmont has prepared. By day you will give service, by night you will enjoy fellowship with other participants and deepen your understanding of our surroundings. When you leave, you will be tired but fulfilled by this unforgettable week-long adventure.

Come to Philbreak when Philmont’s peaks are still snow-capped and witness the Ranch like it can’t be seen during a summer trek. This opportunity is limited to small number of participants you need to apply as soon as possible.

2009 Philbreak Application