Thomas Fire Recovery Service Project: Bird Habitat

In mid-December, scouts from Troop 234 and Webelos scouts from our affiliated Cub Scout pack, Pack 3234, engaged in a “Conservation Good Turn.” Under the guidance of local conservationists, scouts fanned out across the Upper Campus of the Ojai Valley School in the Upper Ojai Valley to construct feeding and watering stations for native birds whose habitat and feeding sources had been destroyed by the fire.

Even though the fire had moved west, smoke was still in the air. Scouts wore face masks and appropriate clothing, and helicopters and a hot-shot crew monitored the area to ensure safety.

The project the first in a series of restoration efforts aimed at helping the school recover from the Thomas Fire, which destroyed two of the school’s buildings and damaged a half-dozen others.

Thankful for our Neighbors

Troop 234 scouts spent the morning and mid-day of their Thanksgivings serving over 300 of our neighbors a hot Thanksgiving meal at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard.

In cooperation with other groups in the community, the scouts contributed both their time and their resources to ensure that our most economically-challenged neighbors had an unforgettable meal. In addition to the service at the park, the scouts also brought food to a local assisted-living facility.

The experience was incredibly gratifying for all, and we look forward to participating again in 2018. Many thanks to Mrs. Michelle Morris, a steadfast supporter in the Troop 234 community, for making our participation in this event possible.