Local Troop 28 of the Boy Scouts of America’s Mobile Area Council recently devoted a Saturday of hard work to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Estuarium. The twelve Scouts split into smaller work groups to tackle projects identified by the DISL staff and faculty.
One group of Scouts pressure washed the deck outside Marine Science Hall which is frequently used for social gatherings and sorting research specimens. This group also trimmed much of the surrounding vegetation and edged the sidewalks.
A second group tackled removing briars that have overtaken one of the sand dunes near the Estuarium’s entrance. By removing these briars, natural vegetation such as sea oats will flourish.
One of Troop 28’s most recent Eagle Scouts, David Reeves, enlisted a team to seal the three benches recently placed along the Living Marsh Boardwalk as part of his Eagle project. The Scouts also cleaned outdoor tables and signs and trimmed vegetation along the Boardwalk.
This service to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab also assisted the Scouts in completing requirements for the 50-Miler Award, which was begun during the troop’s recent trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. During this trip, the Scouts canoed over 50 miles over the course of six days.