Boy Scout Troop 334 and Venturing Crew 50 will be on the river again this year, this Saturday, April 5, to clean up the waterway and its banks in preparation for the River Cities Festival. The public is invited to join the scouts again this year. Anyone who wants to work with them can launch a boat at the boat ramp across from the dog park on North Royal Poinciana Boulevard, near the high school. Start time is 9 a.m.
Every year the scouts take to canoes, with gloves, rakes and paddles, to scour the river for trash and debris. It’s quite a job, and this year it will be even bigger because the cleanup area has been stretched up river to reach the boat ramp. After unloading and launching their canoes—and after a safety review — the scouts will spend several hours moving up and down the river, dragging out the trash until their canoes are full. They will work from the ramp down to the bridges, handing off their trash bags to the riverbank crew, and then pushing out for more.
By noon, they’ll be done and the trash will be stacked for pick-up. The scouts will pull their canoes out of the river, wash them down and load them on the racks. Then with tools and gear cleaned and stowed, they’ll be treated to lunch at Johnny’s Luncheonette, compliments of the River Cities Festival. It will be another year and another cleanup, something of a tradition now.
Troop 334 meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights during the school year in the Optimist Club building at 1101 Wren Ave. Venturing Crew 50, a co-ed extension of scouting, is for older scouts, and meets at Starbucks on the circle at 7 p.m. on Thursday nights. Another member of the Miami Springs scouting family is Cub Scout Pack 425, which meets at Grace Lutheran Church on Monday nights. The public is welcome to drop by any of the meetings.
You will also be able to meet the scouts and park your car, as they man the parking lot on Curtiss Parkway during the River Cities Festival, April 11-13. To find out more about scouting, visit http://www.scouting.org/.