The trail system of the Horseshoe Scout Reservation has served us all well for many years but it is showing its age. Many of the trails need repair and enhancement due to many decades of wear and tear from weather, erosion and scout boots. The Octoraro Lodge in conjunction with Ray Hayden (HSR Reservation Director), his ranger crew and the camping committee has launched an ambitious program to repair and enhance the current trail system; eventually blazing new "environmentally sound" trails which will enable the system to continue to serve our scouts and scouters well into the next century. To complete this herculean task we are seeking the assistance of scout units throughout Chester County, developing an award incentive program to encourage participation. Enclosed is a copy of the HSR Trail Crew Award patch. This is an individual award with the following eligibility criteria:
This past year the lodge applied for a Grant from the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow that would be directed toward Trail Maintenance and Creation. We have been privileged to receive this Grant for 2010. The Grant will better enable the lodge to work and improve the trails for Scouts, Scouters and Guests. Over the course of this year, the Octoraro Lodge Trail Crew will be having workdays, along with the normal Ordeal weekends, to work on the Trails at the Horseshoe Scout Reservation and Goat Hills Public Wild Plant Sanctuary. The more help that we have, the more beautiful the Trails at Horseshoe, Ware and Goat Hills will become. On the scheduled workdays, lunch will be provided courtesy of the lodge and the Horseshoe Scout Reservation.
For additional information contact:
Ray Hayden (HSR Reservation Director) @
We sincerely hope that your or your unit will be able to help contribute to this exciting worthwhile project.