Saturday, April 12, 2014, the young men
of Cub Scout Pack 582 gathered once again
to labor on the Sandhills Farm Life Nature Trail.
They constructed three new benches, posted new
instructional signs, and got an early spring tour
of their nature trail. It was a great morning of
work, fellowship, and learning. They would leave
the trail in the best shape it's ever been in.
|Jack, Will, and Tom is a lofty perch if you're|
big enough to climb up.
|Digging holes for the hickory supports for the new|
benches is hard work.
|The boys transplanted three clusters of a dainty|
plant called Green and Gold. Now the plants won't
be trampled by hikers coming through or sitting on the
|These things must be done delicately.|
|Assisted by the faithful Moms and Dads of the Pack,|
each boy had his hand at digging, hauling, and
assembling during the morning.
|Gloves and Phillips screwdrivers go together well|
to accomplish the task.
|Here will be the new Rock Cycle instructional sign.|
Appropriately near Big Rock, a quartz extrusion of
the McLendon Fault, which runs deep under this
portion of Moore County.
|The two new benches at streamside near Big Rock|
create a natural teaching station for classrooms.
|It's a good idea to take turns digging and resting.|
|This sign is in just the right place.|
Here are the four new instructional signs.
Each is a suitable launching point for a
nature lesson on any grade level.
|The finishing touches of the new bench beside|
Jack, Will, and Tom.
|This can serve either as a teaching station or|
just a nice spot for a rest.
|Scout projects are all about teamwork.|
|Plus patience and perseverance.|
|Big Rock is always a tempting destination. And it|
has been for 40 years. Now the rain has washed this
old log onto the rock.
|Who volunteers to help move the log?|
I DO! I DO!
|And the team gets it done. Now this log, which is|
the only remnant of a gigantic tree which fell more than
20 years ago, becomes a teaching station in itself.
|Getting over here was one thing. Getting back and|
staying dry is another matter. But we like a challenge.
|When work is done, there's time for play. Such as|
trying to climb Old Man Poplar.
|This seems like a good spot to camp for the night.|
|As a special reward for their hard work, I take the|
pack across the old bridge into "No Man's Land."
|An up-and-coming Cub Scout to be likes|
the new nature signs.
|Ah, there's no place for a group picture than|
|Everybody give the Cub Scout sign.|
|The nice new benches are built to stand the test|
of time. Come and try them out.
|The benches look even better when in use by a|
fine-looking crew from Pack 582.
The trail will grow more and more beautiful
as spring progresses. Plan to come by sometime
soon and enjoy the latest improvements in a
most serene setting.
And a big salute to Pack 582 who made it all happen!