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Boy scouts plant trees, learn skills

By Bryar Velting, Scribe for Troop 222

The Boy Scouts from Troop 222 have been busy serving the community and learning some basic boy scout skills.

To celebrate Earth Day, 32 members of Boy Scout Troop 222 braved the cold rain to plant 1,000 red pine seedlings near the corner of 14 Mile Road and Hoskins.

The first weekend in May, seven troops including Cedar Springs Troop 222, from the Gerald R Ford Council’s Five River District, camped at Branch Adventures in Saranac. The scouts worked on earning their Pioneering Merit Badge. They learned first aid, explored the woods, made rope from twine and learned to tie various knots. On Saturday, each troop prepared a meal in a Dutch oven, cooking over hot coals to share. Our troop made macaroni and cheese using noodles and cubed velveeta cheese. The food was delicious. Fun was had by all even though it rained during the nights and left many with wet and muddy sleeping bags.

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