Cub Scouts create new trail at Indian Camp

The Cub Scouts of Pack 128 spent a weekend at Indian Camp and Beans Mill giving back to the community.

More than 35 cub scouts, siblings and parents and Boy Scouts from Troop 128 spent a weekend camping out at Indian Camp in September.

During this time, while logging over 300 service hours, they were able to pick up more than 30 large garbage bags full of trash and 24 tires and other miscellaneous items that were discarded by passers-by.

Cub Master Robert Osburn said that as a child growing up, he spent a lot of time at Indian Camp and has fond memories of spending the days hiking and exploring the area.

“It has since become a place largely forgotten, and I want to do everything I can to keep this place alive in our youth so it will not be totally forgotten,” Osburn said.

Cub Scouts

The Cub Scouts have also created a new trail up by the smoke hole rock.

This project was headed up by one of the Den leaders, Erin Perry, and her sons Jonathan and Andrew, who live in the area and wanted to find a way to give back to their community.

The new trail begins, with a sign donated by DNR, at the base of the rock and goes along the rock cliff to a small natural bridge and by a ‘half-moon’ shaped rock cliff and continues up and around and ends on the top of the rock.

According to Osburn, this trail came about when he took his Den camping at Indian Rock.

“My second-grade scouts decided they wanted to go exploring for an activity, so we did,” Osburn said. “During this adventure, we discovered a small natural bridge and some amazing rock ledges. We thought, why not bring our entire Cub Scout Pack up here and make a trail so others can enjoy what we have found? So that’s exactly what we did.

“During our campout we also built a fire and the scouts helped cook hamburgers and hotdogs. We had an obstacle course, a compass trail and played until dark. We went on a night hike to see and listen to the night life in total darkness and was awaken by seven very loud ‘Hoot Owls’ who decided that we needed to wake up.

Cub Scouts

“Many people have now walked the new trail and we have had many positive comments. They expressed that they did not even know that those rock cliffs existed along the trail and they plan on returning to see what we do next.”

The Cub Scouts are now planning a yearly “Pack” camp out every September that will include even more hours of clean up along the road that leads into Beans Mill and around the camp itself and many more trails to open up the area for everyone to enjoy.

“Our goal is to do what we can to help keep a largely forgotten treasure in our county clean and open for all to enjoy,” Osburn said.

Cub Scouts

Featured

SHOPS & SERVICES

Let ‘Strawberry Freedom ring’: 2023 berry festival to return May 13 with a few schedule changes

BUCKHANNON – The 2023 West Virginia Strawberry Festival will return to Buckhannon May 13-21 with a few schedule changes. Strawberry Festival Board president Shane Jenkins attended the Jan. 26 Upshur County Commission meeting to discuss the status of the upcoming […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Winter Weather Snow Roads

Up to four inches of snow possible Thursday

BUCKHANNON — Warm weather Wednesday will quickly transition into winter again overnight, with up to four inches of snow possible Thursday. The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of

Planning commission discusses the need to establish a timeline for comprehensive plan goals

BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon Planning Commission decided the most efficient way to compile planning priorities is to sit down with city council members.   At their Jan. 17 meeting, Planning Commission members discussed an idea brought forth by city council […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Woman arrested for allegedly threatening to burn an Upshur County magistrate’s house down

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County woman has been charged with a felony after allegedly threatening Upshur County Magistrate Alan Suder. Katrina N.  Sandy, 31, of French Creek, was charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, after allegedly being arrested on […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES

Owens steps down as head coach of Lady Bobcat soccer program

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Richard Owens has resigned as head coach of the West Virginia Wesleyan women’s soccer program, WVWC Athletic Department announced on Thursday. Owens spent five seasons as head coach of the Lady Bobcats,

WVWC Track - Wesleyan Sports

Wesleyan track and field add Lynch to coaching staff

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – West Virginia Wesleyan athletics and head coach Kelsey Chambers have announced the hiring of Garret Lynch as an assistant coach. Lynch will specialize in sprints, hurdles and jumps for both men’s and women’s

Lady Bucs fall at home to Hawks, 70-42

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Bucs simply couldn’t slow down an early three-point barrage by the University Hawks in a 70-42 setback Tuesday evening in a home non-conference contest. University made 13 three-pointers, including five in the first quarter and […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES