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Service Projects for Scouts

Project name Description Age* Time to Complete Location County Time of Year** Contact Information Other requirements
    Girl scouts:
BR-Brownie,
JR- Junior,
CD-Cadet,
SR-Senior

Boy Scouts:
CB-Cub Scout,
W-Webelos,
BS-Boy Scout
      WI-Winter,
SP-Spring,
SU-Summer,
FA-Fall
   
Gillette Nature Center Clean‑up Garden clean‑up Girl Scouts SR; Boy Scouts W, BS 1 day P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon Muskegon SP Elizabeth‑Brockwell Tillman,
231‑798‑3573,
brockwell‑tillmane@michigan.gov
 
Gillette Nature Center Clean‑up Aquarium maintenance Girl Scouts SR; Boy Scouts W, BS 1 day P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon Muskegon SP, SU, FA Elizabeth‑Brockwell‑Tillman,
231‑798‑3573,
brockwell‑tillmane@michigan.gov
 
Litter Clean‑up Clean up litter from area used as a target range Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS 1 day Ottawa Mini State Game Area, Zeeland Ottawa SO, SU Nik Kalejs,
231‑788‑5055,
kalejsg@michigan.gov
 
Invasives Control Remove garlic mustard Girl Scouts CD,SR; Boy Scouts BS 25‑30 hours Fort Custer Recreation Area, Augusta Kalamazoo SP, SU Margaret Tembruell
269‑731‑4200,
tembruellm@michigan.gov 
Work gloves and orange vests needed
 
"Thorny" Removal of Japanese barberry Girl Scouts SR; Boy Scouts BS Weekend J.W. Wells State Park, Cedar River Menominee SP, SU, FA Hector Valdez,
906‑863‑9747, valdezh@michigan.gov 
Small barbs on branches will require work gloves. Rustic cabins may be available.
 
Trail Resurfacing Carrying crushed limestone for trail repair Girl Scouts SR; Boy Scouts BS 1 day to weekend Mill Creek State Historic Park, Mackinaw City Cheboygan SU, FA Jeff Dykehouse, 231‑627‑4100, dykehousej@michigan.gov  Requires transporting bucket of crushed limestone about 300 feet to site
 
Burt Lake State Park Tree Stewardship Plant native trees Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts BS 16 hours/10 scouts Burt Lake State Park, Indian River Cheboygan FA Dale Curry,
231‑238‑9392, curryd@michigan.gov 
 
Site Clean‑up Pick up litter and clean up site Girl Scouts  BR, JR, CD, SR; Boy Scouts CB, W, BS 3‑4 hours Hemmingway Lake, Stanton Montcalm SP William Clark,
616‑794‑0250, clarkw1@michigan.gov
 
Site Clean‑up Clean up litter from area used as a target range Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS 1 day Traverse City Forest Management Unit Grand Traverse SP, SU Mark Douglass,
231‑922‑5280
 
Wood Duck Boxes Build, install, maintain wood duck boxes Girl Scouts SR; Boy Scouts BS (Potential Eagle Project) 1‑2 days Game Areas in Thumb Various SU, FA, WI Lucas Baker
989‑912‑9382
Scouts to Supply building  material
 
Wood Duck Boxes Install wood duck boxes Girl Scouts SR; Boy Scouts BS 1‑2 days Houghton Lake Area Roscommon WI (2011) Mark Boersen,
989‑275‑5151 ext. 2730, boersenm@michigan.gov
 
Trail Activities Shrub clearing, bench maintenance Girl Scouts  BR, JR, CD,SR/ Boy Scouts CB, W, BS Hours can be set. Seven Lakes State Park, Holly Oakland SP, SU, FA Jason T. Dunkel, 248‑634‑7271, dunkelj1@michigan.gov 
 
Cadillac Pathway Trail Maintenance Shrub removal Girl Scouts CD,SR/ Boy Scouts  BS 1‑2 days Cadillac Forest Mgmt. Unit, Cadillac Wexford SP, SU, FA Dan Flaherty,
231‑843‑7423, flahertyD@michigan.gov
 
Beach Patrol Semi annual beach clean‑up Girl Scouts  BR, JR, CD,SR/ Boy Scouts CB, W, BS 1 day Ludington State Park, Ludington Mason SP, FA James Gallie,
231‑843‑2423, galliej@michigan.gov 
 
9 mile loop ‑ Horse Trail Erosion control; water bars Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS 80 hrs. Barry State Game Area, Hastings  Barry SP, SU, FA Mark Bishop
269‑795‑3280, bishopM1@michigan.gov
 
Shooting Range Trash Maintenance Girl Scouts  BR, JR, CD,SR/ Boy Scouts CB, W, BS 4 hrs. weekly Barry State Game Area, Hastings  Barry SP, SU, FA Mark Bishop
269‑795‑3280, bishopM1@michigan.gov
 
Gravel Pit‑Middleville SGA Plant pine Girl Scouts  BR, JR, CD,SR/ Boy Scouts CB, W, BS 40 hrs. Barry State Game Area, Hastings  Barry SP, SU, FA Mark Bishop
269‑795‑3280, bishopM1@michigan.gov
 
North Country Trail Maint., posting, wind falls Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS day projects, multiple sites Multiple sites, 12 miles Barry, Kalamazoo SP, SU, FA, WI Mark Bishop
269‑795‑3280, bishopM1@michigan.gov
 
Pulling Garlic Mustard Hand labor Girl Scouts  BR, JR, CD,SR/ Boy Scouts CB, W, BS Hours can be set. Allegan State Game Area Allegan SP Mark Mills or Maria Albright 269‑673‑2430, millsm@michigan.gov or albrightm@michigan.gov
 
Purple loosestrife Control habitat improvement & Invasive species control Girl Scouts  BR, JR, CD,SR/ Boy Scouts CB, W, BS Hours can be set. Allegan State Game Area Allegan SU Mark Mills,
269‑673‑2430 MillsM2@Michigan.gov
 
Trail Maintenance Various  driving, walking, ski and bike trails need trash pick‑up and brush clearing BR, JR, CD, SR, CB W, BS Hours can be set. Various Game Areas sites Allegan SP, SU, FA Mark Mills or Maria Albright 269‑673‑2430, millsm@michigan.gov or albrightm@michigan.gov Work gloves, brush trimming tools, garbage bags, trash eduation
 
Parking Area Maintenance Game area parking lots and boat lauches need trash pick up and brush clearing BR, JR, CD, SR, CB W, BS Hours can be set. Various Game area sites Allegan SP, SU, FA Mark Mills or Maria Albright 269‑673‑2430, millsm@michigan.gov or albrightm@michigan.gov Work gloves, brush trimming tools, garbage bags, Would be helpful if groups could adopt a sites for multiple years.
 
Trash Pick‑up Clean up of illegal trash dump sites JR, CD, SR, W, BS Hours can be set. Various Game area sites Allegan SP, SU, FA Mark Mills or Maria Albright 269‑673‑2430, millsm@michigan.gov or albrightm@michigan.gov Work gloves, garbage bags, trash education
 
Rabbit Brush Piles Construct brush piles for rabbit cover. Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS w/1‑2 adults Hours can be set. Marcellus, Cassopolis, Constantine, Three Rivers, Athens, Portage, Schoolcraft, Buchananm, Hartford Cass, St. Joseph, Van Buren WI  David Brauer
269‑244‑5928, brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Roadside cleanup Walk roadside & clean up trash Girl Scouts  BR, JR, CD,SR/ Boy Scouts CB, W, BS Hours can be set. Marcellus, Cassopolis, Constantine, Three Rivers, Athens, Portage, Schoolcraft, Buchananm, Hartford, & Lawrence Cass, St. Joseph, Van Buren FA (prior to deer firearm deer season, SP David Brauer
269‑244‑5928, brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Tree culling Clearing winter fallen trees, brush removal Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS w/1‑2 adults Hours can be set. Marcellus, Cassopolis, Constantine, Three Rivers, Athens, Portage, Schoolcraft, Buchananm, Hartford, Colon, Mendon Cass, St. Joseph, Van Buren FA, WI, SP David Brauer
269‑244‑5928, brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Osprey Platforms Construct Osprey platforms to be placed on appropriate wetlands. Potential Eagle Project Hours can be set. Macellus, Cassopolis, Constantine, Three Rivers, Portage, & Schoolcraft Cass, St. Joseph, Van Buren WI David Brauer
269‑244‑5939
brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Live lopping Live lopping to create living brush piles. Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS w/1‑2 adults 1‑2 days Marcellus, Cassopolis, Constantine, Three Rivers, Athens, Portage, Schoolcraft, Buchananm, Hartford, & Lawrence Cass, St. Joseph, Van Buren SU David Brauer
269‑244‑5939
brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Construct & Place artificial nest structures Many species of birds and bats utilized artificial nest boxes. Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS w/1‑2 adults Hours can be set. Marcellus, Cassopolis, Constantine, Three Rivers, Athens, Portage, Schoolcraft, Buchananm, Hartford, & Lawrence Colon, & Mendon Cass, St. Joseph, Van Buren FA, WI David Brauer
269‑244‑5939
brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Ice Fishing Acess Clear path and construct boardwalk for ice fishing on Hogset Lake. Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS w/1‑2 adults, Potential Eagle Project Hours can be set. Portage, Schoolcraft Kalamazoo WI, SU David Brauer
269‑244‑5939
brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Deer Enclosures Construct deer exclosures.  Take GPS coordinates.  Inventory plant species and densities Potential Eagle Project Constantine, Three Rivers, Athens, Portage, Schoolcraft, Buchananm, Hartford, & Lawrence Kalamazoo, St. Joseph SP, SU David Brauer
269‑244‑5939
brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Information Board Construct a weather protected information board to post notices, maps, posters, etc. Girl Scouts SR; Boy Scouts  BS w/1‑2 adults 1‑2 days Marcellus and Cassopolis Cass SP, SU, FA, WI David Brauer
269‑244‑5939
brauerd@michigan.gov
 
Wood Duck Nest Boxes Build, install, and maintain wood duck nest bocks. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts Weekend North Higgins Lake State Park/RAM Center Roscommon WI‑SP Mark Buchinger
989‑821‑6200, BuchingerM@michigan.gov
Materials, gloves, safety glasses
 
Trail Maintenance Clear trail of debris and small brush, spread wood chips. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts 1 day North Higgins Lake State Park Roscommon SP, SU, FA Kent Westphal,
989‑821‑6125, westphalk@michigan.gov
Gloves, safety glasses, pruning shears.
 
ADA trail Place 4 X 4 on trail edge and fill with crushed concrete CD, SR,BS Eagle Scout project or weekend project Lake Macatawa Unit Holland State Park Ottawa SP. SU, FA Jody Johnson, Supervisor Holland State Park
616‑399‑9390 
Cordless drills hand saws, shovels, wheelbarrels needed
 
Wetmore Landing clean‑up Clean trails and site at Wetmore Landing and Harlow Lake BR, JR, CD, SR, CB W, BS 2 days Presque Isle Track Marquette SP, SU, FA Scott Slavin 
906‑339‑4461
slavins@michigan.gov
 
Vegetation Removal Remove unwanted vegetation from Historic Townsite Girl Scouts: CD &/or SR Boy Scouts: W &/or BS Can be a few hours to multiple days.  We are flexible Fayette Historic State Park Delta SP, SU, FA Randy Brown
906‑644‑2603
brownr1@michigan.gov
work gloves, safety glasses ‑ strict rules on what can be disturbed.
 
Litter &/or debris pick‑up Park wide, make sweep of all trails, campground, boat launch, townsite, etc Girl Scouts: BR thru SR Boy Scouts: CB thru BS Can be a few hours to multiple days.  We are flexible Fayette Historic State Park Delta SP before use season FA just before snow Randy Brown
906‑644‑2603
brownr1@michigan.gov
 
Lake Perrault Trash cleanup Trash problem, build hiking trail around the lake Jeffers High School & scout group Lake Perrault  Houghton Don Mankee
906‑353‑6651 x 109
 
Gravel pit cleanup Clean up gravel pit from people using as target practice area Scouts Carney Lake Road Gravel Pit we would provide garbage bags Dickinson Rich Ahnen
906‑875‑6622
 
Field Office Brushing Brush, rake, near the field office Crystal Falls Field Office around building from a recent blow down Iron Don Mankee 
906‑353‑6651 x 109
 
Little Presque Isle Cleanup Clearing hiking trails, steps on hiking trails, paint outhouse at campgrounds, light brushing on pathways, collect garbage on state land BS GS Individual project 1‑2 days Little Presque Isle/ Wetmore Landing Marquette SP, SU, FA Jim Ferris
906‑346‑9201 x 11
ferrisj@michigan.gov
 
Interpretive Trail maintenance Short Interpretive Trail in disrepair needs clean of debris and remarked with confidence markers or paint, wood chips Near Escanaba Office. Approximately 1000 feet of trail needs 6 signs  and posts replaced Delta Eric Thompson
906‑786‑2354
thompsone3@michigan.gov 
 
Field office grounds work Grounds clean up & minor beautification Escanaba Office around the building Delta Eric Thompson
906‑786‑2354
thompsone3@michigan.gov 
 
Shingleton Smokey Sign Construct new sign GS SR BS‑BS Weekend Shingleton Alger Any Bob Burnham Work clothes
 
Firewise Gardens Maintain educational Garden at Rest Area Appropriate for Scouts 12 & up M‑28 West of Seney Rest Area Schoolcraft Ada Takacs,
989‑275‑5151 ext. 2049
takacsa@michigan.gov
 
Plant trees Tree‑planting small stands All 1 day per site Various stands Schoolcraft SP, FA Bob Burnham Transportation, work clothes
 
Lost Tamarack Pathway maintenance Trail Maintenance & Remarking Girl Scouts – JR CD, SR  1 or 2 days West of Wolverine, Weber Lake Campground Cheboygan SP, SU, FA Tricia Mitchell
231‑238‑9313 x 4744
mitchellT2@michigan.gov 
Work gloves
 
Camp Pellston landscaping Raking, seeding and Mulching at Camp Pellston Girl Scouts – JR CD, SR  1 or 2 days Camp Pellston, West of Pellston Emmet SP Shannon Harig
231‑238‑9313 x 4742
harigs@michigan.gov 
Work gloves and boots
 
Potato Farm tree planting Plant Tree seedlings Any 1 day Levering Emmet SP Shannon Harig
231‑238‑9313 x 4742
harigs@michigan.gov 
Work gloves and boots
 
Camp Pellston site restoration Raking/seeding at restoration site of Camp Pellston  Potential Eagle Project 5 or more acres of exposed land, might have to do dozer work and york rake it then do seeding and mulching.  Emmet  SP Kerry Wieber, Shannon Harig, Joyce Angel 
 
Gaylord‑RDR Restoration @ Gump Lake DNR‑restore fire pit/hill Boy Scouts 1 day to weekend T30N,R4@, Sec 24 = NWSE Otsego SP Kim Lentz
989‑732‑3541 x 5442
lentzk@michigan.gov 
Work gloves and boots 
 
Beal Plantation trail maintenance Trail maintenance Eagle Scout Beal Plantation Crawford Ada Takacs,
989‑275‑5151 ext. 2049
takacsa@michigan.gov
 
Purple loosestrife pulling Community Purple Loosestrife Pulling Crawford SU Susan Thiel Grayling FMU 989‑348‑6371 x 7440
thiels1@michigan.gov 
 
Plant White pine Hand planting 15 acres of white pine Scout Troop Wexford Steve Anderson Cadillac Unit
 
Firewise Gardens Maintain educational Garden at Rest Area Appropriate for Scouts 12 & up US 131 Northbound Rest Area (just S of Cadillac) Wexford Ada Takacs,
989‑275‑5151 ext. 2049
takacsa@michigan.gov
 
State Park Stewardship Program ‑ Southeast Michigan Seed collecting, invasive plant removal, native planting, etc. BR, JR, CD, SR, CB, W, BS (not all activities good for all ages) Regularly scheduled weekend workdays ‑3 hours each,  Algonac State Park, Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Brighton Recreation Area, Highland Recreation Area, Island Lake Recreation Area, Pinckney Recreation Area, Sterling State Park, and Waterloo Recreation Area

Monroe, Washtenaw, Oakland, St. Clair, Livingston

SP, SU, FA Laurel Malvitz-Draper at
malvitzl@michigan.gov or
248‑359‑9057
Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays 
 
State Park Stewardship Program ‑ Southwest Michigan Seed collecting, invasive plant removal, native planting, etc. BR, JR, CD, SR, CB, W, BS (not all activities good for all ages) Regularly scheduled weekend workdays ‑3 hours each,  Fort Custer Rec. Area, Grand Mere State Park, P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Ionia Rec. Area, Muskegon State Park, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Warren Dunes State Park, Warren Woods State Park, Yankee Springs Rec. Area Kalamazoo, Berrien, Muskegon, Ionia, Allegan, Barry SP, SU, FA Heidi Frei,
freih@michigan.gov, 269‑685‑6851 ext. 147
Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays 
 
Adopt‑a‑Forest Over 900 trash sites have been identified on state forests Girl Scouts CD, SR; Boy Scouts W, BS 1 day to weekend Various state land locations SP, SU, FA Ada Takacs, 989‑275‑5151 ext. 2049, takacsa@michigan.gov  Various degrees of material



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