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Trooping to the San Juans

Boy Scouts from Lake Oswego spend a week cycling and working with the San Juan County Land Bank on a service project


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kestral Carlough pedals near Agate Beach on Lopez Island. Ten members of Lake Oswego Troop 127 recently returned from a week in the San Juan Islands, where they enjoyed great weather except for some light rain on the last two evenings of the trip.  SUBMITTED PHOTO - Patrick Dakin holds some of the natural treasures he discovered on Lopez Island.  Ten Scouts and four adults from Lake Oswego’s Troop 127 recently returned from a week of cycling in the San Juan Islands, where they worked with the San Juan County Land Bank on a service project that involved looking for the invasive European Green Crab.

In addition to working with the Land Bank, which buys private land and turns it back into public access on the islands in San Juan County, the Scouts picked up trash to help with clean-up efforts. Assistant Scoutmaster Allan Campbell says the group biked more than 60 miles on Lopez Island while camping at Spencer Spit State Park.

“They did all of their own shopping and cooking, along with any preventative maintenance or repairs while on the road,” Campbell says.

— The Review

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tim Clark of the San Juan County Land Bank explains how to identify the 10 types of crabs that can be found on Lopez Island at Fisherman Bay. Scouts from Troop 127 worked with the Land Bank on a weeklong service project.