271 Copperfiled New Brighton Scout Group
Dates: May 6th if weather permits – alternative date May 7th
Location: Parking Lot beside Friend of Fish Creek Society located at 15975 Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary, AB
In November, our Pack received an invitation from Scouter John Arthurs to attend the first ever Southern Trails Area Howlers Council Meeting. John asked the Howlers how we could celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts in Canada. We quickly agreed on one project that we all felt very passionate about. We decided that the best way to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts was to participate in Good Turn Week by planting 100 trees.
It was difficult to narrow down a location because Calgary has experienced two natural disasters in the last four years that caused damage to thousands of trees. In the spring of 2013, Calgary suffered catastrophic flooding and in September 2014, Calgary experienced a snow storm causing extensive damage to over one million trees.
One location in Calgary that was hit hard by both events was Fish Creek Park. Fish Creek Park is the second largest urban park in Canada, stretching 19 km from east to west. Many of our Scouting Groups go to Fish Creek Park to work on Outdoor Adventure Skills Badges or even just to enjoy nature and the outdoors. We all agreed that this would be a great Good Turn Week project to help improve the ecosystem and give back to the park we all enjoy. On May 6th, 2017 from 10:00am-3:00pm, we will begin planting native species of trees and shrubs along the mountain bike trails in Fish Creek Park, replacing storm damaged trees and to help the ecosystem.
To help with the planning, organizing and planting of this project, we have partnered with the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society, the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance and Alberta Parks. We are all very excited to do a good turn for our community and the environment, while also celebrating 100 years of Cub Scouts in Canada.
This project will not only improve the park and the environment, but it will also benefit the surrounding communities. This good turn will provide a wonderful legacy for past, present and future Cub Scouts to visit and share memories of the many adventures they have had in Cub Scouts.