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to add the New River to his list. He also wanted to work, though. “We’re trying to start a trail project in our home council,” Cary said. “So this is good experience.” Maybe a little too good. As Cary

neared the middle of his second day working on the small pitching hole, Schiele, the Arrowman from Hudson, Ohio, told him, “You’re tough to work with, man.” “Why?” Cary asked. “Because,” Schiele said. “You do all

the work. Leave some for us.” Work. That’s really what Schiele and the other SummitCorps members came to the Summit to do. “I paid good money to come work here,” he said. “I want to do this. It’s fun.” You might not think building

a stacked-loop, hike-and-bike trail system in sweaty summer weather, in a forested area where yellow-jacket nests seem to pop up every few

Above, Mark Morris (left), a Scouter from Paoili, Pa., and Doug Henneberger, a Scouter from Waynesboro, Pa., lug a 75-pound rock to a new resting place. Hard work like this is exhausting, and Luke McNeese (left), operations division supervisor and district executive in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley Council, has the best seat in the house during a break. A yellow flag (right) reads, “This is done! Don’t touch a thing.”

hundred feet is fun. But you’d have been hard-pressed to find a sweaty, dirty SummitCorps member who would have said otherwise. Dan Dick, a Lena, Ill., Arrowman

who is the Order of the Arrow’s national vice chief, pointed to the crew working around him to explain. “You get guys from, literally, all over the nation,” Dick said. “Ohio. Illinois. Florida. Iowa. Michigan. Texas. That’s the cool thing about this experience.” For Hillis, the sense of pride in the

Arrowmen’s accomplishment extends beyond the circle of Scouts, Scouters, and volunteers. “We had a Park Service employee tell us that our project had changed his entire outlook on life,” Hillis said. “He said that our message of cheerful service and love for our brothers has made him want to give


back to those around him in a way he never has before.” Cool. Fun. And one more adjec-

tive: incredible. “I’m sure a lot of these guys came in Monday and were so overwhelmed looking at what was out here,” said the Park Service’s Harzog. “But by going through this work process, they’ve learned that many hands make small work. It’s incredible. By the end of the week, these kids are going to be standing back and will be so proud of what they’ve accomplished here. Their work in this patch of woods will be here for a long time.” ¿

JOSEPH GUINTO, a former White House correspondent for Investor’s Business Daily, has written about travel, business, and celebrities for national publications.

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