Boy Scouts, volunteers help maintain Brice’s Crossroads

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

BALDWYN – Among the more than 50 volunteers who participated in Park Day at Brice’s Crossroads National Battlefield on Saturday was a loyal group of volunteers – Boy Scout Troop 60 from Atoka, Tenn.
Park Day is a national effort recognized by the United States Department of the Interior to clean up historic sties. Locally, Baldwyn and Corinth national sites participated Saturday.
Friday afternoon, 10 Scouts and five chaperones returned for the troop’s third year after an eventful 2012 trip.
“All I know is… it hailed in the middle of the night and most of our tents collapsed,” said 11-year-old Jack Flanders. “We hid in the church not far from here.”
Assistant Scout Master Duane Lavery said the hail mangled their dining tent and destroyed most of their sleeping tents.
This year the group did general maintenance on Brice’s Crossroads’ camping site, clearing brush, digging fire pits and performing maintenance on a bridge.
“This year, we’ve already cleaned up and done some maintenance on one of the bridges while other Scouts are doing general maintenance,” Lavery said. “We’re burning up some brush, which is great because Boy Scouts love campfires. Not only do they get their fire, but they have a great source of wood and kindling.”
In their first year, the troop cleared trails near the campsite used by re-enactors throughout the year. Last year they performed maintenance on a log cabin near the battlefield.
The troop received a special Park Day 2013 patch for their participation.
Other volunteers came form Booneville, Tupelo, Ripley and Baldwyn to help in similar ways around the 1,600-acre battlefield.
jb.clark@journalinc.com