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Arrowman Matt Brown from Troop 1 in Nashville, Tenn., helps clear the way for the fu- ture mountain bike and hiking pathway, paying close attention to the removal of low-hanging tree limbs on the trail.

down, and then put into “pitching” holes, which help with drainage. It is difficult, dirty work. Late in the afternoon of the third day, way back up the trail, where Team 1 was tasked with filling two pitching holes about five feet apart, Jared Schiele, an Arrowman from Hudson, Ohio, yelled out, “This would be a lot easier if we had mortar.” Team leader Nick Larson, an Arrowman from Orlando, Fla., responded, “Well, we don’t have mortar. We just have blood, sweat, and tears. That’ll have to be enough.” Besides blood, sweat, and tears,

there was also a little expertise going into those pitching holes. Because of the complexity of this work, the Park Service called in a longtime partner, the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), to design the multiuse trails around the Summit site. IMBA members also came to West Virginia to help the Park Service instruct I-Corps members who would, in turn, instruct the volunteers on how to build the trails. These partnerships are a big deal,

too. Really big. This summer, as SummitCorps was laying down miles of multiuse trails, it was also laying the groundwork for the alliances that will carry the BSA through the years—and decades—to come at the Summit. “To me,” said Clyde Mayer, Order of the Arrow team leader, “the most important thing we’re doing at the Summit is not building moun- tain bike trails, but building strong relationships with the communities there, with the Park Service, and also with the National Guard.” The Arrowmen were some of the

first Scouts to strengthen Scouting’s rapport with neighboring communi- ties, and it was a first impression that many won’t forget, said Jonathan

Hillis from Austin, Tex., who is the Order of the Arrow’s national chief. “The sense I got, everywhere I turned, was that the work we were doing was having a significant impact on members of the community in ways that extended beyond the miles of trail we built and [savings in dollars].”

ABOUT 15 MILES AWAY in Glen Jean, Brandon Azoulai, an Arrowman from Chappaqua, N.Y., scampered around command central for SummitCorps: the Glen Jean Armory. The National Guard made the armory available during the work project. It also brought in portable toilets and showers and leveled 200 yards of land for SummitCorps to camp on. It made good sense for SummitCorps to be here, because the event ran like a military operation. During the first week, Azoulai,

walkie-talkie constantly in hand, led the coordination of the work teams, keeping a frantic pace as he hurried between rooms where maps of the trails lined the walls and Scouters gath- ered in front of laptops and radios. Pins on the maps marked the drop zones where buses shuttled SummitCorps members to work—no later than 8 a.m.—and back to the armory where more than 200 tents awaited them. Azoulai’s job required him to

make sure everyone was in the proper place at the proper time, a task he said would have been impossible without

SummitCorps members having the armory to call home. “Because the National Guard is accommodating us so well, it has really helped to keep our guys motivated when they get on the trail,” Azoulai said. “I don’t think there has been a single hitch in that relationship or our relationship with the Park Service.” Another motivator for SummitCorps members was the promise of recreation time on their final day in West Virginia. The SummitCorps team was among the first to experience what Scouts from around the world will discover in the Mountain State: hiking, zip lining, rock climbing, bouldering, and whitewater rafting. Mostly, though, it was the rafting. The nearby New River is home to

some of the best and biggest white- water in the country. And by the end of each workweek at SummitCorps, most volunteers chose to ride down it. This was one of the draws for Cary, the Scouter from Mississippi. Cary has ridden whitewater in

Kenai, Alaska, and on the Snake River in Wyoming, but he wanted

GO BEHIND THE SCENES at the SummitCorps 2011 event by visiting, where you’ll find an action-packed video, as well as an update from the Sept. 13 opening of the trail. The ribbon-cutting ceremony drew dozens of local cyclists, who were among the first to get their bikes dirty on the new Arrowhead Hike & Bike Trail.


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