Venturing Crew 276, of Byram, spend day clearing roads of trash

posted May 21, 2015, 1:08 PM by Mark Rozek

Youth clean up community for annual event

Venturing Crew 276, of Byram, spend day clearing roads of trash

Published May 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm (Updated May 21, 2015)

BYRAM — Venturing Crew 276, of Byram Township, participated in the annual Andover Clean Up last month.

Each year Andover sponsors a cleanup for volunteers to pick up trash along the side of the road. A group of teenagers from Crew 276 spent their Saturday morning hiking along Goodale Road near Kittatinny State Park.

Crew members picking up trash had their eyes opened to a sight they had not expected. Garbage was up and down the road in mass quantities including cigarette butts, beer bottles, soda cans, and an assortment of items.

At one point, members of Crew 276 came to a farm where horses were running around a field next to the road. The fence that enclosed their pasture came very close to the end of the road and passers-by had thrown empty soda cans and cigarette butts close to the horses’ home, so they cleaned up that debris as well.

By the time the crew made it to the end of the road, they had filled seven bags of trash.

Later that evening, Venturing Crew 276 drove to Hamilton, NJ to participate in an overnight rock climbing event at Rockville Climbing Center.

The year before, the crew had also participated in this event and had found it so much fun that they decided to do it again.

Venturing Crew 276, along with their friends from Venturing Crew 34 from Fort Dix and Boy Scout Troop 76 from Shohola, Penn., had the opportunity to start climbing after the center closed for the night. Members were taught how to use the auto-belays, which are automatic devices that allow someone to climb without a belayer. Attendees also learned about rock climbing and belaying. Some had the opportunity to belay for their fellow scouts. It was a fun filled and adventurous night where some attendees stepped out of their comfort zone and tried something new.

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age.

Venturing Crew 276 meets monthly in Byram Township at the Lakeland Emergency Squad building.

For more information on the crew visit