It was a gorgeous Texoma day to roll your sleeves up, pull out the power tools and get some work done.
And at Camp Perkins on Saturday, that was the scene.
“Today we planted a little over 150 pecan trees which is going to help us with the revenue stream–it’s a beautiful thing,” said Northwest Texas Council Boy Scout executive, Jeff Bryant. “We’re getting all of that cleaned up, they’re doing this, they’re painting, they’re cleaning brush, they’re doing fence lines. It’s just amazing.”
Camp Perkins has been in dire need of a clean up since last year’s downpours.
“The flooding got us,” Bryant said. “One of the things that really hurt us when all of the flooding came in was all this brush all washed in, stopped up our creeks and we have had water standing out here for months and months.”
The job needed some help and help came in the form of 73 Alpha Phi Omega Texas Tech students.
“It’s really great and we really want to make a difference however we can,” Alpha Phi Omega, Barbara Bruns said. “Every semester we do a work weekend and it’s kind of tradition for our organization because we come out and volunteer at a Boy Scout camp, we try and give back to the people that founded us because we were founded by The Boy Scouts of America.”
“I expected 10, 15 or 20 kids to come out and last week they came out and said we have 80 kids and we’re ready to work,” Bryant said. “These kids are amazing, they’re just non-stop.”
With the help from every hard working volunteer they were able to finish the job and have something to be proud of.
“Whether you’re from here or not, just giving back, helping out and the legacy that you leave for the other future scouts,” Bryant said. “We actually had a couple of kids out here today that were four and five years old and the parents were talking about what’s going to be amazing when I can show my kids pictures of them out here working
and now they’re Boy Scouts.”