Since 2008, the event has collected more than 20,000 pounds of trash.
With the sun streaming through the Spanish moss at Herschel King Park on Sept. 12, volunteers filled black plastic bags with trash — including shoes, headlights and a rusty, unopened beer bottle — as part of the city of Palm Coast’s annual Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup.
“If we don’t keep it clean, nobody else will."
ARIEL CURTIS, BSA Girls Troop 4281 Scoutmaster
“This is our city,” said Ariel Curtis, scoutmaster for BSA Girls Troop 4281. “If we don’t keep it clean, nobody else will. We all have to pitch in.”
Curtis, in her sixth year as a leader, has four girls in her troop and hopes to eventually have 10-15 as younger girls advance. Visit beascout.org and look up Girls Troop 4281 to join.
Also at Herschel King Park was BSA Troop 281 Scoutmaster Jason Wheeler, who was pleased with the scouts' positive attitude.
“They’ve been cooped up for so long they’re just happy to be outside,” he said.
Wheeler was pleased that 28 boys have remained involved in the troop through unusual times; in-person meetings resumed two weeks ago after a spring and summer of Zoom meetings. Twelve also went to summer camp this year.
“We have great parents,” Wheeler said. “They’re the ones who make this thing go.”