Valuable Lessons: Boy Scouts brave cold to help ducks

The Outdoor Journal

IMGP1159 Chris Franks, a scout from Troop 602, screws on the nest box lid while Scout Joshua Hickey holds the ladder with the help of another scout from Troop 111. Photo: Susan Hickey

By Howard Meyerson

ROSCOMMON, MI — When the members of Clio Boy Scout Troop 602 met last fall to build duck nesting boxes, installing them on trees around a frozen swamp was just a distant idea. No one knew that snows would pile up and become deep; that the Michigan winter ahead would be the coldest in decades.

But February’s deep freeze didn’t slow the intrepid scouts. Excited about doing something different – a conservation project to help wood ducks – they gathered at the Backus Creek State Game Area near Roscommon and loaded up a sled with boxes and tools. Then they put on snowshoes, or planned to sink in the snow and spent a snowy, cold…

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