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Program a perfect fit for Boy Scout Troop 1

Troop 1 Scouts Merrick Magsayo (front to back), Jon Brooks, Owen McCarthy and Talon Akina-Chong explore an access trail through dense brush and wattle to a future campground on Pu‘u Mahoe’s North Hill.

Boy Scout Troop 1 of Kahului joined the Fleming Arboretum’s “Camping for Volunteers” program in August, accomplishing projects supporting the arboretum’s mission to preserve native plants, forests and wildlife.

The Fleming Arboretum offers camping for community groups in a 17-acre, 5-star campground within Ulupalakua Ranch in exchange for a morning of volunteer labor accomplishing maintenance and progress projects.

The Scouts distributed 6 yards of wood chip mulch, top dressing the native plants within the Fleming Arboretum, situated in the Pu’u Mahoe cinder cone. They finished the morning transplanting side shoots of the original medicinal aloe brought to Hawaii by D.T. Fleming in the 1920s.

Volunteer programs involve the community in the arboretum’s conservation work. Workdays teach volunteers to perform work projects caring for rare native plants and restoring Pu’u Mahoe’s native forest. Projects are planned for the day’s completion for the pride of accomplishment. Participants work together to complete group projects, experiencing achievement, leadership and friendship.

Community Group Volunteer days are available on weekends throughout the year.

Volunteer workdays for individual volunteers are available the first Saturday of each month. Visit www.flemingarboretum.org or email info@flemingarboretum to learn more about the arboretum’s volunteer and educational programs involving the community as partners.