For 7 days in August 35 members of the T’kope Kwiskwis Lodge participated in ArrowCorps 2014, continuing the legacy of ArrowCorps502 and the other projects that came before it.Three crews of Arrowmen completed projects within Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, while joining in shows and friendly competitions back at Camp Sheppard.
Strike Team Paradise A led by Cameron Devine traveled to the Paradise picnic area for grounds cleanup and trail maintenance projects, cutting back brush that had crept uncomfortably close over the past decade. Paradise B crew led by Leland Shields also performed trail work along the Wonderland Trail near Reflection Lake. Their work included using weed whips to clear encroaching bush fro the trail and learning how to operate a crosscut saw. As one crew member said, “the view was spectacular and we made it better”. Outside the park, Crystal Mountain Strike Team led by Matthew Gates, nickname the “pickup-stick crew” engaged in seed collection for re-vegetation efforts and cleaning up sticks at a local visitors center for fire prevention and visual beautification. After 2 days of irksome tasks the crew got out on the trail for boardwalk maintenance and trail improvement.
At camp, attendees were entertained by the Lum’s who performed songs each night and led teams in friendly competitions of physical strength and wit. The running theme of the week, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was incorporated in all the games and encouraged horrid English accents for the rest of camp.
By the end of the week scouts dreary from lack sleep and hard work yet energized by great food from the kitchen crew left behind the work gloves and hard hats for recreation activities like field games at camp and hiking around Sunrise. All in all, ArrowCorps2014 was a huge success, with over 620 volunteer service hours completed. We look forward to continuing our service in 2017!