Welcome to our Volunteer Spotlight series! Each month, we spotlight our fantastic volunteers so you can learn more about the great work our community does for the Fells.
Learn more about one of our wonderful volunteer groups, the Medford Boy Scout Troop 416, below!
Guided by Troop Leader Julie Lambert and Scout Master Jim Austin, the Medford Boy Scout Troop 416 participates in a variety of projects and volunteer activities for the community. The 30 members of the troop range from the sixth through twelfth grade and represent multiple levels of Scout rankings.
This year, Troop 416 has volunteered at food pantries, participated in a cardboard canoe race, and volunteered on multiple occasions with Friends of the Fells (FOF). Troop members also attend monthly camping trips and help fellow Scouts complete their Eagle projects.
Jack Germain, Lucas Pabst, Noby Ashihara, and Declan Flaherty are four dedicated Scouts who have volunteered with Friends of the Fells this year to remove invasive species from the park. Learn more about them below!
Some members of the troop achieved the hiking merit badge which requires Scouts to complete a series of hikes, ranging from five to 20 miles. They were able to complete some of these hikes in the Fells.
If you are interested in volunteering, Troop 416 has some advice for you. Jack and Lucas recommend going to all volunteer events prepared and making sure you have everything you need, including water or work gloves. Noby advocates for speaking up and making your ideas heard. He says this is an important part of being a leader and making sure you don’t miss out on any volunteer opportunities. Declan recommends that anyone interested in volunteering take as many opportunities that are presented to them. Declan says that volunteering “helps you connect with others that, in the future, you may need or want to connect back with.”
Thank you so much to the Medford Boy Scout Troop 416 for all the amazing work that you do to help protect the Fells!