Troop 868 in Action

TRASHMASTERS' CLASSIC (September, 2004)

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For the 5th consecutive year, Troop 868 scouts participated in the annual lakeshore cleanup day at Barren River Lake.  This event, which coincided with National Public Lands Day, is popular with Scout units.  We left Shepherdsville before most folks were out of bed on Saturday morning to arrive at the Bailey's Point boat ramp at 8:00 AM.  There we divided our group into two crews and boarded pontoon boats that shuttled us to our assigned sections of shoreline.  Combined, our two crews filled nearly three dozen large garbage bags with assorted litter.  We also recovered 14 old tires!  A couple of our guys were so enthusiastic they went wading into shallow water in some of the coves to recover floating trash.

After a morning of intense manual labor, we were guests of the US Army Corps of Engineers for a traditional picnic lunch of burgers and hot dogs at the beach of the nearby state resort park.  The afternoon was spent swimming, relaxing on the beach, and building sand castles.

Scoutmaster Bob Meek, Stephen, Trey, Tim, Philip, and Clinton wait for a pontoon boat to shuttle them to their work area. Troop 868 scouts scour a section of shoreline picking up litter.
Stephen wades out to retrieve litter snagged on some driftwood. (L to R) Clinton, Stephen (face hidden), Alex, Joe, J.D., Tyler, Trey, and Philip on the boat ride back to the dock.
Joe, J.D., Tyler, Trey, Philip, and Tim. Mr. Borquez looks awfully happy for a man surrounded by bags of garbage on three sides!
Building forts of sand are (L to R) Trey, Alex, Clinton, Philip, Stephen, and Tim. Trey and Alex check out the competing fort being constructed by Tim and Stephen.