FLINT TWP. — Boy Scouts Troop 316 received special recognition at the Flint Township Board meeting Monday night, after the Color Guard presented the flag colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The group received a Certificate of Appreciation for clean-up work done at the Flint Township Park as part of a 2013 scouting National Day of Service, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller.
Troop leader Karen Guenther provided more detail about the service project which she said took place on a day in January when temperatures blessedly rose to 40 degrees. But the ground was frozen and the scouts in some cases had to use their knives to dig up bottles and items frozen into the ground.
The scouts spent four hours in the park picking up trash and unearthing quite a few oddities such as an exploded gas tank.
“They collected six bags of garbage and I am very proud of them,’’ said Guenther, whose son is a member of the troop.
The scouts are from Flint Township and Swartz Creek and based at New Creation Church of God on Lennon Road in Flint Township.
This is not the last of their good deeds, Guenther said.
Troop 316 will be working at Flint’s Carriage Town Ministries on Saturday, probably providing a meal, she said.
At the end of the month, they will be holding a Scout-a-thon to raise money to go to camp. The annual event lasts for 12 hours and will involve service projects, fundamental training, games and more.
They will do three service projects in one day, Guenther said. They will be asking for pledge donations for each hour of service.