Watch now: Volunteers collect over 100 bags of trash at Lake Decatur

Trucks come to collect the bags and junk when the volunteers complete their work, and dispose of it properly.

The maximum of 40 volunteers did turn up this year, many of them members and friends of Forsyth Cub Scout Troop 147.

Service is a significant aspect of scouting, and the Cub Scouts, in kindergarten through fifth grade, have to perform service projects to progress in rank. That’s also true of Boy Scouts, and Lucas Jable, a Boy Scout of Tenderfoot rank, was there with his father, Jeff, who is the leader of the Cub Scout troop, in an effort to rise to the rank of Second Class.

Lucas and Evan Jable and friend Graham Blackwell pick up trash at the Sangamon River on Saturday. 

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About 15 Cub Scouts, accompanied by parents and siblings, signed up for the event.

“Part of being a Cub Scout is giving service back to your community,” said Jeff Jable. “This is a good opportunity for our scouts to get out and help keep our community clean and help pick up the trash that is strewn about.”

Volunteers were told to dress “to get dirty” and to bring gloves, so when two little girls found “about a million” dead fish in the flood plain, according to Sadie Meek, whose brother is a member of the troop, they could scoop them up into their trash bag without having to touch them.


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