Denver Boy Scouts spend fall weekend clearing Grand County YMCA |

Denver Boy Scouts spend fall weekend clearing Grand County YMCA

Sixty-five Boy Scouts and adults spent Saturday at the Snow Mountain Ranch / YMCA of the Rockies doing the clean up work that heavy machinery could not.

They picked up sticks and twigs and tossed them in slash piles as part of the Frontier District Camporee.

One group was stationed near the Nordic Center and another by Building 61. The cleared area will be the site of a new cabin.

“The next time we come up and see the cabin that was built we can say, ‘We were a part of it,” said David Baca, 26, of Denver, a member of American Legion Troup 266.

“We could be up here for a week working and still not get everything done,” Baca added. “We just want to get it all cleaned up so trucks can come drive through and pick up trees.”

“It was great,” said Christian Will, 14. “I picked up sticks, and put them in a pile. And did some wheelbarrow work.”

His father, Christopher Wills, an Assistant Scout Master, said it was a win-win situation for the Boy Scouts and the YMCA. The Troops worked for free and Snow Mountain Ranch did not charge them to camp at the site.

Every three years or so, the Denver Boy Scouts take part in a conservation project.

They chose the project in Grand County because of all the beetle kill trees.

“I think everyone understands beetle kill,” said Frontier District Commissioner Greg Holt, “but until you actually see the effect of beetle kill you don’t know how widespread it is.”

After the clean up project, the boys planned to enjoy the rest of the amenities at the YMCA of the Rockies, including the climbing wall, archery, basketball court and swimming pool.

“It’s a wonderful day ” I think we caught the Aspens turning the right weekend,” Holt said. “It’s a lot of work at high altitude, but we will sleep well tonight.”

” Katie Looby may be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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