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The Woodland Ampitheater Trail at Kings Landing Park got a makeover Saturday as members of the county’s Junior Ranger Corps and nine Cub Scouts from Pack 1785 shoveled gravel onto the park’s eroding trail.
The renovation was completed with support from the Calvert Environmental Trust for Youth, according to a press release sent by the Battle Creek Nature Education Society.
The popular trail, which leads to the outdoor amphitheater and Camp Mohawk Hill cabins, often is used by hikers and equestrians, said Anne Sundermann, executive director of BCNES. Throughout the years, low spots on the trail have collected water and eroded because of heavy traffic.
The scouts, led by pack leader Drew Ballinger, and Junior Rangers used gravel to fill in the low spots and create a “tread” layer to prevent erosion and standing water, Sundermann said.
“We want people to have a nice trail to use,” Sundermann said. “This is a community asset … it’s a very good way to engage the community in the public lands in the county,” she said about the benefits of having volunteer help.
The Junior Ranger Corps, a program of the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources, provides recreational opportunities for children and teens ages 10 to 17 to explore park areas and learn stewardship, Sundermann said.
Melinda Whicher, Kings Landing Park manager, said the Junior Rangers and scouts were extremely helpful in completing the project and worked well together.
“It helps them learn how important their natural resources are,” Whicher said. “They have something invested into the park so they care more about preserving it.”
The trail renovation was the conservation project for Pack 1785 this year. In an email, Ballinger said in addition to helping the scouts progress to the next level of scouting, the pack’s projects provide “an opportunity to learn about giving back to the community and enjoying the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a volunteer task.”
In addition to the nine scouts, seven older siblings who represented various Boy Scout troops participated in the project. Whicher said the older volunteers helped with heavier tasks, such as moving the wheelbarrows, while the younger volunteers shoveled the gravel onto the trail.
“They all had a wonderful time, and it is my hope that they each can return to this park and trail in the future and see the work they have accomplished,” Ballinger said in the email.
BCNES supports the Calvert County Natural Resources Division as a non-profit 501-c-3, Sundermann said. Its mission is to preserve the natural heritage of Calvert County and develop a responsible environmental ethic by providing opportunities for environmental education.