Scouts repair trails at historic site
Scouts from three groups volunteered recently at the Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site, near Checotah, to learn and labor to help their community.
In addition to camping at the Civil War site, about 50 Scouts worked to improve the walking trails and earn a Scouting Historic Trails badge.
At a special Sunday service, the young volunteers heard from Wayne Loftin, senior pastor at Checotah-First UMC. He wore the period-correct clothing of a preacher.
Rev. Loftin encouraged the Scouts to make significant contributions in their lives, especially to their communities.
A historical presentation was by Omar Reed, an interpreter for the Oklahoma Historical Society. He told how "the Battle of Honey Springs had a lasting impact on the people involved."
The 1,200-acre site was scene of the largest Civil War battle in Oklahoma.
Boy Scout Euan Williams said, "As I was working today, I had an amazing experience thinking of how soldiers had also toiled in the very same field."
Stevana Marshall, an Explorer cadet sergeant, said, "This project was a great team-building effort."
Participating were Troops 642 and 995 and Explorer Post 601. Meals were provided by Warner Fire and Rescue Auxiliary, and Honey Springs site staff collected the materials needed.
— Contributed by Christopher Price, director, Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site
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A Boy Scouts of America Historic Trails award.